Rise and Shine



All times ET

11:50: President Obama departs Williamsburg, Va.

12:00: VP Biden travels to Penn Valley, Pa., to attend the funeral services for Senator Arlen Specter

12:55: President Obama arrives in New York

2:50: Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters in Chapel Hill, N.C.

9:00: The Debate

11:05: President Obama departs New York

12:15: Arrives at the White House



Greatest website ever:


Thank you Bill!


Washington Post: Romney’s 12-million job promise has garnered a lot of attention. We became interested in this ad after a reader asked whether the campaign had provided much detail on how he would reach this total …

…. the candidate’s personal accounting for this figure in this campaign ad is based on different figures and long-range timelines stretching as long as a decade — which in two cases are based on studies that did not even evaluate Romney’s economic plan. The numbers may still add up to 12 million, but they aren’t the same thing — not by a long shot.

… Clearly, some clever campaign staffer thought it would be nice to match up poll-tested themes such as “energy independence,” “tax reform” and “cracking down on China” with actual job numbers. We just find it puzzling that Romney agreed to personally utter these words without asking more questions about the math behind them.

Read the full article here

Greg Sargent: …. Let’s recap what Kessler has discovered here. The plan that is central to Romney’s candidacy on the most important issue of this election — jobs — is a complete sham. This is every bit as bad — or worse — than Romney’s claim to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain, or his vow to cut spending by eliminating whole agencies without saying which ones, or his refusal to say how he’ll pay for his tax cuts.

This could not have come at a better time for Obama. Here is the evidence he needs to spell out as clearly as possible that Romney is peddling economic hokum to the American people. Any fair reading of the backup the Romney campaign itself supplied for his plan reveals that it is nothing but a bill of goods. Obama needs to seize on this in a big way. This should be a big story.

Oh, and by the way: Economists have evaluated Obama’s jobs plan. And they concluded it would create one to two million jobs. The bottom line is simple: One candidate has a jobs plan, and the other doesn’t.

More here



Ad Your Voice



Steve Benen: Just at a surface level, the idea of Paul Ryan stopping by a soup kitchen is strange, if not ridiculous. The right-wing congressman, a proud admirer of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, no doubt sees soup kitchens as outlets that create dependency. This is, after all, the “don’t simply feed fish” guy.

…. given this background, it took real chutzpah for Ryan to show up at an Ohio soup kitchen, smile for the cameras, and pretend to do real work…

… Like most Romney/Ryan attempts to appear compassionate towards the less fortunate – folks Mitt Romney himself condemned in his infamous “47 percent” video – the photo-op was just for show.

Full post here




NYT:  It is no secret that Mitt Romney and his running-mate, Representative Paul Ryan, are opponents of abortion rights …. they would move to take away a fundamental right that American women have had for nearly 40 years.

Mr. Romney has called for overturning Roe v. Wade … The result would turn back the clock to the days before Roe v. Wade when abortion was legal only in some states, but not in others…. We do not need to guess about the brutal consequences of overturning Roe. We know from our own country’s pre-Roe history and from the experience around the world. Women desperate to end a pregnancy would find a way to do so …. Some women would die.

Mr. Romney knows this, or at least he used to. Running for the United States Senate in Massachusetts in 1994 against Edward Kennedy, Mr. Romney spoke of a young woman, a close relative, who died years before as result of complications from an illegal abortion to underscore his now-extinct support for Roe v. Wade …. when the young woman passed away, her parents requested that donations be made in her honor to Planned Parenthood. That’s the same invaluable family-planning group that Mr. Romney has pledged to defund once in the White House.

Full editorial here




Mooooooooooorning everyone 😉 Another quiet day ahead….. PS Thanks a gazillion for all the donations to the TOD fundraisers, legends!

215 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 9 relellit
    October 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Gm Tod & chips

  2. 10 relellit
    October 16, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Uh ooh tie Berny


  3. October 16, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Congrats, Bernie & Relellit!

    Good Morning/Evening TODobots! A very HAPPY TUESDAY to you all! 😆 😆

    Not that I’m superstitious or anything, but I chose CAUTIOUSLY not to join in the 14 millon celebration …YET. Of course, I’m not going to admit that I was playing with the idea of coming out of retirement and camping by the door to be that 14 millionth arrival. Problem is, I haven’t figured out how to time that. Any quick suggestions? Speak now or forever hold your peace – we are getting really, really close!

    Hey Chips, is there a bell that goes off at the defining entry? And do you get a ticket to sit/stand in the front row of the President’s FINAL campaign speech, after you have made a $14 or $140 skill-testing donation through one of our TOD fund raisers?

    • 13 Pamela
      October 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

      WooHoot! The Canadians are standing with us, and there more than few Aussies wearing Obama~Biden 2012 stickers in Sydney today! 🙂

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      October 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Hey, wait a minute! Did TODville get a facelift? Little tucks here and there? Is that where Chips Chica was this morning – messing with the non-existent wrinkles? Ms Chips, please don’t mess with the product! I don’t want to wander home and stumble into any of the furniture because it’s been shifted slightly, especially if I’m wandering in in the dark!!!! Hands off!

      Oh, I forgot (not really). Good Morning, Ms Chips! 😉 😉

      • October 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

        Moooooorning VC! Yikes, I haven’t done anything to the site, what are you seeing (she asks nervously)?!

        • 16 Pamela
          October 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

          Scratching my head on this one as well, Chips! VC, are you alright? {{{{VC}}}} I gotta get going, bye y’all. Back later! {{{{{chips}}}}} {{TOD}}

          • October 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

            Phew, I thought my eyes had failed me. VC?

            • 18 vcprezofan2
              October 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

              So that’s where my glasses went!! Chips would you please leave my glasses where I put them so they’ll be there on my return? Thank you. (We won’t of course mention that there are times they are on my head while I’m busy looking for them. That’s irrelevant.)

              Chips, font to the right, and font in comments were smaller and sharper. Side bar with other blogs was narrower. They seem back to normal size now. No, it wasn’t all in my head. There’s no extra storage space there. And, yes Pamela, I’m alright …….I think/hope. 😆 Have yourself a great day at work!

              • October 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

                🙂 You’re a hoot VC! I honestly didn’t notice any changes today, but a couple of peculiar changes appeared alright the last week, eg I’m seeing a thin grey line, to the left of PBO’s image in the banner, in Firefox but not in Safari. A couple of other sidebar thingies looked different too earlier in the week, so it MIGHT not be your eyes!

                • 20 vcprezofan2
                  October 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

                  Of course it’s not my eyes, CC! They work perfectly fine, when they work and if you don’t concern yourself with the blur around the edges. I am in Firefox and I do have the thin grey line. I guess someone at Firefox has been having some fun this week. Well, I’m not going to complain as long as they don’t shift things too far out of alignment, especially at the wrong time (like on the days of speeches etc). All’s well now, Thank you.

  4. October 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Yippee….good morning Chips, good morning all, it’s another great day. Last time I was first, it was the first day of the DNC and that was a super 3 days….just doing some last round of tweets before heading to bed. We’re in the final quarter, time to dig deep and keep marching #forward.

  5. October 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

  6. October 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

  7. 33 forus50
    October 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Getting close to 14 million! 13,998,904!

  8. October 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

  9. 35 amk for obama
    October 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

    That fake/genuine mishmash is fantastic. Tweeted.

    GM folks. Remember to send positive vibes today.

    And can the effing freaking out.

      • 37 amk for obama
        October 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

        Hi Alice. How are you ? Still busy on the ground ?

        • 38 a4alice
          October 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

          Yessir! We are racing through the downtown hi-rises as that is where voter turnout will be highest! Did our first dry run of GOTV this last weekend and it was HUGE. Biggest weekend yet for canvassing and phone calling. Tonight is another downtown canvass and then we are all gathering at the office to watch the debate!

          w00t! #FIREDUP! 😀

          • 39 amk for obama
            October 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

            Wow. That sounds fantastic. Thank you, thank you for all the real hard work. Nov 7th win should be dedicated to great poeple like you.

            • 40 a4alice
              October 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm

              aw shucks now AMK. but just to make you feel even better there’s many of us here in the Twin Cities who are working to help re-elect PBO. 😀

    • 42 vcprezofan2
      October 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      I saw this first on Twitter and I’ve gone away and come back to this tweet a couple of times. You know the reason I’ve hesitated to retweet it? It puts Ryan’s fakery alongside the Obamas’ service and gives the fakery a level of prominence that to me is insulting. You see, even tho their service produce photo-ops I don’t believe that’s why the Obamas do it, while it’s clear why Ryan DIDN’T even serve in any way! (In fact he created extra laundry for the volunteers by messing with those nice white aprons.)

  10. 43 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Anderson Cooper Takes Down Mitt Romney’s Secret Tax Plan

    By: Sarah Jones


    The truth is catching up to Mitt Romney.

    The night before the second presidential debate, Anderson Cooper took down Mitt Romney’s false claim that six studies show his $5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich can be paid for without raising middle class taxes or adding to the deficit as George W Bush’s tax cuts did.
    In the first debate, Romney just flat out denied the very existence of his $250,000 tax cuts for the rich, but unfortunately for Romney, the media is starting to catch up to Mitt Romney’s lies. To give you an idea how egregious Romney’s secret tax plan claims are, even Fox News is calling the campaign out for failure to disclose details.

    I doubt that being called out over and over again will put a dent in Romney’s willingness to look Americans in the eye and lie to them tonight. After all, this is the same Mitt Romney who was called out yesterday by an aide to his father, who accused Romney of saying anything to anyone for the win.

    Romney is so desperate to be liked and so willing to be used that he fools even himself in thinking that he can get away with lying on this level for an entire presidential campaign. In order to support Romney’s tax plan, you have to support Bush’s economic leadership and want to double down on a bigger deficit for more tax cuts for the rich. Any takers?



    • 44 amk for obama
      October 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

      GM LH

      Actually, it was a wall street journal blogger who dismantled those ‘studies’. Got lotsa flak for it from the thug’s campaign but he stood his ground.

      • 45 Ladyhawke
        October 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        Thanks for the feedback amk. Cooper should have given the Wall Street Journal blogger credit for dismantling those bogus “studies” while the MSM was looking out the window.

  11. October 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

  12. 48 Pamela
    October 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

    See, PBO his arm on the shoulder of his cut out, I’m not tall enough to reach there, so I can only put my arm around the waist of my cut out! Yes, I confess, I did get one, a long time ago! Hee! 😆 😆

  13. 49 amk for obama
    October 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

  14. 53 desertflower
    October 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Looks like that 14 million is going to come today! GM everyone:)

  15. October 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hey everyone, I saw a few of you in the last post mentioning lurkers who only seem to turn up here when things are tough – and all they offer are a list of, eh, ‘concerns’.

    After the first debate a bunch of them suddenly appeared, and when I checked back, out of curiosity, on any of their previous comments here – not many – noticed a bit of a hair-on-fire trend.

    I’ve no clue if they were all trolls, some of them certainly were (eg the ‘lurker’ who signed in under three different names to say how badly VP Biden was struggling against Ryan during their debate…. I kid you not. The person even changed gender, which was quite a feat).

    Any way, regulars only tonight, if you don’t mind. Tonight’s not the night to suddently de-lurk.

    Thanks 😉

    • 55 Cman
      October 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Can we de-lurk early?! I’m de-lurking, delurking, de-lurkkkkking……

      • October 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

        😆 Cman, I declare you delurked!!!

      • 57 NurseShar
        October 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

        I agree, I’m mostly a lurker, I’ve commenting a few times, but I feel like a TOD family member. I read morning noon and night and I’m an avid supporter of our President. Even with all of the hand wringing, this site is the only site I’ve been coming to for info since the debate.

    • October 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

      President Obama has my vote so whatever happens tonight makes no difference to me. Let’s get our voices out there in praising President Obama’s debate performance to drown out the haters. Romney being able to lie rapidly (Gish Gallop) through some debates does not make him Presidential.

      • 60 daiseymay1
        October 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

        Don’t plan on watching debate–to anxious. Will be twittering like mad saying how great my president is doing no matter what he says.. We need to be MASSIVE in our twittering tonight to counter the RWNJs. Smartypants has good blog on these debates today.

    • 61 utaustinliberal
      October 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Hahahahahaha. Get ready for massive D-E-L-U-R-K-I-N-G.

      • October 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

        😆 Non-trolls who support PBO can comment any time UT, it’s the ones who start with …. “Hi, long time lurker here, big supporter of PBO, but OMG we’re doooooooomed” ….

    • October 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Yeah. I can not wait!!!

    • 64 miss pat
      October 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Gppd morning folks. No hair on fire, henny penny sky is falling moments, no I voted for him but. That but gets to me,I know what is coming next. Now and again one lurker gets to me but Chips is very good at keeping them out. Tonight I am going to need all the support and comfort I can get. I was a nervous wreck the first one.

      The Presidsent will be fine,we just have to have his back, send good vibes and just leave it to him. I am worried about the lady moderator though because she is a R but I hope she understands what she is there to do. Peace and love to all.

      “Don’tworry about a thing. Every little thing gonna be alright.” …Bob Nesta Marley.

      • October 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

        Ah, I know what you mean Pat. To be honest, I had my own concerns after the first debate, and shared them here, and I’d hate for any regulars to feel they can’t say what’s on their minds too. But we definitely could do without the hair-on-fire stuff, especially from lurkers who only emerge to post those kind of comments.

  16. 66 amk for obama
    October 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

    And great wapo, sargent and nyt pieces today, chips. Thanks for highlighting them instead of stupid polls.

  17. 70 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Thanks Bobfr and all who’ve been pushing Sensata on Twitter! Here’s the money quote from Steve Benen:

    “In the bigger picture, Bain-related controversies don’t seem dog Romney on a daily basis the way they did earlier in the campaign, but this new controversy appears to be growing. It’s a story worth watching in the campaign’s closing weeks.”


  18. 71 a4alice
    October 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Hey Chipstah! Soooooo close! Thanks for all you do – it’s really not enough to say just thanks ~ because of your service to the online community, you really have created a place where positivity for PBO can prevail. You know the whole thing about tossing a pebble into a quiet patch of water and watching how the water ripples out. Your site is like that in that you undoubtedly have been a cause for good effect (affect?) for our President. A heartfelt thanks for your tireless service. 🙂

    • October 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Ah Alice, what a gorgeous comment, thank you SOOOOOOO much, the rippling water is just the most lovely image! Really appreciate your kindness and support Alice, thank you again. Forward!

  19. 73 desertflower
    October 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

    For all you history buffs out there:) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/opinion/sunday/the-self-destruction-of-the-1-percent.html?_r=0

    IN the early 14th century, Venice was one of the richest cities in Europe. At the heart of its economy was the colleganza, a basic form of joint-stock company created to finance a single trade expedition. The brilliance of the colleganza was that it opened the economy to new entrants, allowing risk-taking entrepreneurs to share in the financial upside with the established businessmen who financed their merchant voyages.

    Venice’s elites were the chief beneficiaries. Like all open economies, theirs was turbulent. Today, we think of social mobility as a good thing. But if you are on top, mobility also means competition. In 1315, when the Venetian city-state was at the height of its economic powers, the upper class acted to lock in its privileges, putting a formal stop to social mobility with the publication of the Libro d’Oro, or Book of Gold, an official register of the nobility. If you weren’t on it, you couldn’t join the ruling oligarchy.

    The political shift, which had begun nearly two decades earlier, was so striking a change that the Venetians gave it a name: La Serrata, or the closure. It wasn’t long before the political Serrata became an economic one, too. Under the control of the oligarchs, Venice gradually cut off commercial opportunities for new entrants. Eventually, the colleganza was banned. The reigning elites were acting in their immediate self-interest, but in the longer term, La Serrata was the beginning of the end for them, and for Venetian prosperity more generally. By 1500, Venice’s population was smaller than it had been in 1330. In the 17th and 18th centuries, as the rest of Europe grew, the city continued to shrink.

    Even as the winner-take-all economy has enriched those at the very top, their tax burden has lightened. Tolerance for high executive compensation has increased, even as the legal powers of unions have been weakened and an intellectual case against them has been relentlessly advanced by plutocrat-financed think tanks. In the 1950s, the marginal income tax rate for those at the top of the distribution soared above 90 percent, a figure that today makes even Democrats flinch. Meanwhile, of the 400 richest taxpayers in 2009, 6 paid no federal income tax at all, and 27 paid 10 percent or less. None paid more than 35 percent.

    Read the whole thing…..:)

  20. 76 desertflower
    October 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

    dudette posted this earlier, and it needs to be seen and shared by everyone here!!

  21. 78 taiping1
    October 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Morning all! Sending thoughts of support to our President and dollars to the campaign today. We will win this! The fervour of the President’s supporters is unmatched by the GOP. Just look at any of the pictures at events. And thanks every day to Chips!

  22. October 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

    A HUGE and grateful good morning to Chips and the TOD community. I hope you are all rested and geared up for tonight. Please keep the onslaught of negativity at bay. It’s important for us who are on the ground sloshing it out every day to hear a lot of encouragement and it’s important for President Obama to know that we have our faith in him. It’s going to get very rough from here on out but please don’t let any of the noise get in our way. Thank you.

  23. 80 Soca Sweet
    October 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hi Chips,

    I am delurking early. What I would like us to do is link all the debate polls to this site and once the debate is over, we vote overwhelmingly for POTUS

  24. 83 desertflower
    October 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

    HA! How perfect is THIS!! http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021545058

    I can’t post the pic here…but you have to see this:)

  25. 89 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Memo from Joel Benenson re: that stoopid Gallup/USA Today poll on women voter numbers. Good information:


    And now I’m not giving any of my energy to stoopid polls which will be neverending thru Nov 6! Adelante y’all!

  26. 90 Bill R.
    October 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

    • 91 Bill R.
      October 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

      One more big reason President Obama will win.

      • 92 pkayden
        October 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

        Yes!!! This good news needs to be trumpeted in the media (MSNBC, NY Times, etc.). President Obama has done a lot of good for this country in his first term.

        4 more years!!!

  27. October 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Cant wait for the debate later!! Congrats if you reach 14 million today Chipsticks! I wanted to get that in there just in case I am not around during that time when it happens! With the debate on, I’m pretty sure it will! This Hobbit is going to bed. Thanks so much for all the material this morning, I haven’t watched MSNBC since PBO’s first debate (I saw the commentary of what people said about Chris, Ed etc – I was so mad I didn’t go back to watching their video via their website since that happened lol) – I only watch the videos from MSNBC that you post here from now on 😆 Have a wonderful week everyone, please continue to do the work to re-elect this President! We love him so much worldwide 🙂 GM @Kat4Obama!!! Cya folks! Chips!

  28. 95 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

    [Booman goes there! 🙂 ]:

    Ayn Rand Sez: Fake-Wash Some Dishes


    I will leave you with some scripture that Paul Ryan should already be familiar with but apparently doesn’t care about.

    “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Gospel According to Matthew, Chapter 6, Verses 1:4

    According to Jesus, Paul Ryan is a hypocrite who will get no reward from his Father in Heaven.


    • 96 xtine
      October 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

      [Adding a comment to this Booman post]:

      Yes, indeed, “scrub” those (clean) soup kitchen pots, Ryan boy, deceive the rubes and fools, sell that swampland. A perfect example of today’s “conservative” male in action. He even gets the wife and kids into the fake photo op as props! The pious soup kitchen family cleans up….all a fraud.
      Who the hell would do this? Absolute moral bankruptcy.

      As Rmoney and Ryan boy continue to build toward their eking out of 270 EV and 50.1%, no one really can say they didn’t know what brazen liars and frauds these two psychopaths are. This latest “conservative” con game was clearly presented to the American Boob, all one needed was a functioning brain to perceive it.

      by euzoius on Tue Oct 16th, 2012 at 09:37:21 AM EST

  29. October 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Many absentee and mail in ballots are being returned in Florida.
    Please post 65 cents stamp in the return address, or it will be sent back.
    That is all!

  30. 100 desertflower
    October 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

    No shit? You mean those sanctions the PBO put in place are really working? He’s not soft on our enemies and the people of Iran are blaming their AH leader and NOT the US?!! Do tell!!


  31. 101 japa21
    October 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Okay, I know this is Rasmussen, but I do believe it is interesting. After trailing Romney for the past several days in their swing state polling, PBO today moved ahead of Romney by 2 points. We know Rasmussen’s history of, closer to elections, their changing their methods or something to start aligning with reality.
    But more important, it continues to show what other polls have shown, Romney’s post debate bounce is gone. And since it is Rasmussen, it is probably and actual +4-6 for PBO.

  32. October 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. HOPE you all have a great Tuesday. Posting the candle link today. Our President needs all the support we can give him.


  33. 105 donna dem 4 obama
    October 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Great! Great! Rise & Shine today Ms. Chips!!! You are heading with the wind at your back for the 14M mark! Congratulations for making this site the go to place for all things “Obama/Biden 2012”

    I’ve not been able to spend as much time here because I try and volunteer as much as possible in these final weeks. Keep up the good fight everyone. We Got This….Our groundgame is out of this world.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President tonight http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=pbo and have a great Productive O’Day Everyone!!!!!

  34. 107 Bill R.
    October 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

  35. 116 Bill R.
    October 16, 2012 at 10:25 am

  36. 118 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 10:25 am

    New post @ Margaret & Helen:

    “Folks. If you want a jackass for President, then any one of the Mitt Romney guys is your guy. I suggest, however, that if you have a brain in your head you should vote for the other guy. I mean it. Really.”


    • 119 xtine
      October 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

      [Commenter @ M&H post]:

      Right on, Bo – Not only untrustworthy to serve, but, as far as I can tell, without a clue as to what governing might be about. If he looks at this country as he seems to look at everything else, as CEO of a company that specializes in LBOs, he sees only a collection of “units” (the several States), already cluttered by a “workforce” that is 47% slackers and ne’er-do-wells, ready to be stripped down even further, made “lean” and looking falsely profitable, and then sold to the highest bidder. The only question is whether they will go to China, India, or one of the many emirates – and how much personal wealth he and his “fellow investors” will make on each and every one of them. (Utah, however, might remain off the table… And maybe Wisconsin, Texas, and possibly Nevada – or at least Las Vegas.)

      And, as Helen says, I mean it. Really.


  37. 120 vcprezofan2
    October 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I don’t know if anyone remembers earlier in the year when some of us were begging (on Twitter) for a PeoplesPAC, but it looks like there is one now – the AD Your Voice.com Chips highlights above might be the closest we’ll get. I’m sure there are talented TODobots who can submit videos. I’m not one BUT I HOPE SOME OF YOU HERE WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY OFFERED. Please! Democrats are so creative, and there’s so much we can say that the MSM isn’t saying. [These are the moments I really wish I had a creative bone. Sigh!]

  38. 121 amk for obama
    October 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Woot, woot. Congrats Chips & TOD’ers. We hit the 14 mil mark.

    japa nailed the timing.

  39. October 16, 2012 at 10:27 am


  40. 138 Nena20409
    October 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

    14M about to HIT and counting?

    Holy wickedly brilliant.

    That is freaking awesomely Fantastic.

    Hip, Hip, Hip, Hooray.

    Oh what a beautiful Morning. Oh what a beautiful day. I have got a wonderful feeling. The Obama Diary has 14M Hits.

  41. October 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Updated Iowa early voting-

    Party Reg
    Dem 51.4%
    Rep 29.1%
    None/Oth 19.5%

  42. October 16, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Congrats Chips on hitting 14,000,000 and more.

    What more can I say than what is already said, but I will say it. . . For all those who have already complimented Chips on this wonderful and pleasant oasis. . . then I will add +100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 times more!

    Thank you Chips for ALL that you do!

  43. 146 Pamela
    October 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

    How the heck did youse guys get TO the big ONE, as well as fly past it, while all I did was get dressed and start breakfast? Do we know who the lucky 14M hit was? Oh, I do hope it was VC! Wowza!

  44. 147 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

    President Obama Wins!——-the kids presidential vote on Scholastic News! Since 1940 they have only been wrong twice. The thinking is the majority reflect what they hear at home. 250,000 participated.


  45. October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Chips, thanks so much for the LGBT commentary today. Some issues are deeply personal and emotional. Watching these folks speak up and seeing their stories posted is such a powerful way to reach many who still feel the burden.

  46. 153 vcprezofan2
    October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

    14 MILLION
    CHIPS !!!

    So all TODobots are now genuine members of the 14 Million Club! Wowza! 😆 😆

    Thanks to Mayoress Chips, all the alderpeople, AND THE REGULAR CITIZENS for making our village the place it is! Onward and #FORWARD!!!! 😀 😀

    It sure feels good to be part of something so special! “THANKS, everyone!”

    • October 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Thank YOOOOOOOOOU VC!!!! Hey, love your twinkly, starry thing, how did you do that? Maybe it’s YOU who should be fixing my computing machine.

      • 155 vcprezofan2
        October 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

        Chips that ‘twinkly, starry thing’ was a Symmetry 11 creative birthday original that so impressed me that I saved it and recycle it at very extra special moments. I lurve the creative, special occasion messages Symmetry used to send; I was fortunate enough to get one for my last birthday. 😆 ;lol:

    • 156 Pugeretto
      October 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Chips!!! BIG CONGRATS to you on this most popular blog…so happy for you.

  47. October 16, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Congrats Ms Chips on the 14 million mark all the way from sunny Trinidad. You deserve.
    On the subject of tonight’s debate, keep the faith. And, are we ready to rock and roll? Please people, no negatives on here whatsoever.
    Keep it positive, while the twitterati generals get poised to challenge, correct the lies and set the msm straight. We the media, indeed.

    • October 16, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Excellent advice LadyJazz, I think everyone has to get very busy on Twitter tonight to fight the lies. A big hello to beautiful Trinidad, thank you LadyJazz!

    • October 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

      May I add my congrats on the huge number you’ve gathered here, Chips? It feels like such a good day here in Chicago that I’m going to sit down and fill out my ballot. Good numbers, good voting, good debate tonite – all is great here in TOD land.

  48. October 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Congrats, once again, dear Chips for creating such a fantastic community!!!


  49. 165 Don
    October 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

    When I was younger and trying to find myself I worked as a security guard in a homeless shelter in Miami Florida knows as Camillus House. Working in a homeless shelter you see man at his worst and at his best on a daily basis. I remember walking volunteers inside the shelter and the look of fear in their eyes is something I will never forget, but what made me feel good about humanity was that even though they had fear they kept coming back to volunteer. Before Paul Ryan went to that soup kitchen to help feed the hungry, I thought he was just another politician trying to get a photo-op helping homeless people. But what he did speaks to something more deceitful and dishonorable, it speaks to what is in his heart. If Paul Ryan has an ounce of dignity left in his corrupted soul he should beg for forgiveness from everyone he has offended by this deplorable stunt.

  50. 168 pugeretto
    October 16, 2012 at 11:26 am

    He’san extremely shallow, he has not cared about people….only how far he can get with his etreme lies….sad that people take his side& don’t care that all he puts out there is to help himself. So glad he was busted on this one.

    Chips, all positives towards PBO, I always have the highest faith and regards towards him. He, who puts the people first. 4 MORE YEARS for sure.

  51. October 16, 2012 at 11:26 am

    • 170 4morefor44
      October 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

      bobfr, on the day of 14 million hits to this site, i just clicked on one of your tweets and see you’re at exactly 4,000 followers. last lime i noticed, you had around 1,700 followers. your incredible messages are getting out there more and more!

    • 171 amk for obama
      October 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Congrats Bob. Looks like you got your account back.

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you 4more and amk.

      Will keep pushing the messages on Twitter until the polls close on 6 Nov and we have re-elected our President Obama and regained the House!


  52. 173 pugeretto
    October 16, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Well, typos all over, sorry about that.

  53. October 16, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Wow, Chips. A huge congratulations on the 14 million milestone. An amazing accomplishment by an amazing person. Thank you.

  54. 175 LB4Obama
    October 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

    ACTION ALERT! ACTION ALERT! TODer’s: There is a software company here in Naples, Florida who has sent out letters to all of it’s employees urging them to “elect a new President and Administration” or they may be laid off! The company is called ASG Software and their phone number is 239-435-2200 or the Sr. VP of Marketing is 239-435-3654. I just called and gave them a piece of my mind AND sent email to the DOJ informing them of possible illegal voter intimidation. Please call if you can and put this slime ball CEO, Arthur Allen in his pitiful place!

  55. 178 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Look at college kids excited about Willard

  56. 179 yardarm756
    October 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Good day TODers this website will explain the Romney tax if you’re interested: http://www.romneytaxplan.com/

  57. 180 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seimone Augustus has always preferred to stay out of the public eye even as her basketball career has taken her to the heights of an Olympic gold medal and a WNBA championship.

    With her adopted home state of Minnesota considering a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, the Lynx star is now becoming a vocal proponent of equal rights for gays.

    After all, she has her own wedding coming up, to longtime girlfriend LaTaya Varner.


    Augustus and Varner plan to be married in May, and they have dreamed of a celebration at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Varner is doing most of the planning, aside from the dessert on the menu and the shoes on Augustus’ feet.

    “That’s the only thing I want,” Augustus said. “Red velvet cake and Chuck Taylors.”


  58. October 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

  59. 182 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Local Freeport, Il. news today on Sensata and Durbin’s and Sharpton’s planned visits there


  60. 183 Nena20409
    October 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Just for Nothing but for laughs ONLY:

    The 7 yrs old Honey Boo Boo on Jimmy Kimmel on ABC last night, gave her Rednieckerized……I am sure that I spelled it wrong, but she gave her endorsement to “Barack Obama”. I don’t like reality shows and have Not watched one since REAL WORLD on MTV went nuts….back in 1990s.

    The other joke is Ross Perot at 82yrs old endorsing Romney, a man who has outsourced jobs, what Perot fought for in the 1990s and a man who wants more wars in the Muslim world.

    My joke was to connect the two. Now it doesn’t seem as funny.

    • 184 Don
      October 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

      I love the fact that Honey Boo Boo endorsed President Obama for reelection, kinda makes me think that at home her family speaks well of President Obama.

    • 185 pkayden
      October 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Hope Honey Boo Boo doesn’t get threats from her redneck fans! LOL. Have never and will never watch her show, but at least she’s done one thing right.

  61. October 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Our wonderful philosophical and intelligible media just asked the President a Question while walking with Plouffe and Dunn…
    Are you aware they Michelle voted for you?
    The President said, thank goodness.

  62. 189 Nena20409
    October 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

    VP Biden would be on ABC, NBC and CBS tomorrow as part of the Obama Team to reinforce their messages from Today’s debate.

  63. October 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Hello TOD Family,

    First of all I want to express my congratulations and my thanks to Chips, not only for reaching the 14 million, but for creating this incredible “home” for all of us. I can’t tell you how much it means to me and how often I have come home after a long day of voter registration or canvassing or phonebanking or just plain running around and have sat down at my computer with a cup of coffee to catch up on the news. Following the leads by our many excellent contributors, I have been able to access a lot of valuable information. My printer has not stopped for months – I am definitely a believer in providing as much information as possible to our volunteers and to the voters. So, once again, to Chips and all the TOD family, thank you!

    October is my favorite month. I love the crisp air, the scent of apple cider, the lower temperatures and humidity – it always energizes me. And for the last three years, October has brought back the memories of the final weeks of the 2008 campaign. I had decided to spend time in a “battleground state” and so I packed a suitcase and left for Pennsylvania. Of course, in retrospect, everything looks much rosier than it actually was – but still these few weeks have forever changed my understanding of politics, campaigning and most of all my belief in the people who make up this country. I have no illusions about the very real evil that is part of our life, but in those few weeks I witnessed the common sense and the basic decency of everyday people in America. On Election night, 2008, I celebrated the victory of hope over despair, even as the economy tanked and the Great Recession started to take its toll. Driving home on November 5th, 2008 I made the decision to stay engaged, to support our newly elected President and to hold on to that incredible joy of having had a part in electing Barack Obama and all he brings to this country and to the world. So, it is October again and we are in the final phase of the President’s re-election campaign. Just as in 2008, the voices of dissent and opposition are getting shrill and the noise of instant experts and pollsters sometimes threaten my serenity. But I still believe in all the wonderful people I have met. As the President has said many times, it is still about hope, about shaping our future, about working together to build our economy and secure the American Dream for all our people. And I believe our President will lead this effort for the next four years!

  64. 192 criquet
    October 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

    My heartiest congratulations on the big 14m. Not surprising though for the best PBO blog EVER.

    We are going FORWARD with PBO and with you.

  65. 193 Bill R.
    October 16, 2012 at 11:50 am

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  69. 201 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Continuing my switch-off of the pundtwits! Smartypants:

    “President Obama has expended a tremendous amount of energy over these last 4 years trying to keep himself from being consumed in the Washington bubble. He does that by reading at least 10 letters from ordinary Americans every night, visiting people in their homes/small businesses, having dinners with supporters and – to the dismay of the DC villagers – avoiding too much backslapping with them. I’d suggest that he does all that in order to keep his heart attuned to what really matters and why he chose to do this job in the first place.

    That’s the well he will be drawing from tonight.”


    • October 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      “That’s the well he will be drawing from tonight.”

      I think he has drawn from that ‘well’ his entire life – the expanse of his empathetic relationships with countless others is what has always impressed me most about him.

      Thank you xtine.


      • 203 xtine
        October 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        “I think he has drawn from the ‘well” his entire life …” Exactly, Bobfr! There’s that understated connection he has w/ all of us: young, old, men, women. We all sense that attune-ness of PBO.

  70. October 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  71. 205 Ladyhawke
    October 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    How The Press Helped Romney Reinvent Himself

    By Eric Boehlert


    Analyzing the presidential campaign in the wake of the first debate, Time’s Mark Halperin wrote on October 10 that Mitt Romney’s sudden “rush to the center” politically had emerged as the key topic – “the central tactical issue”– for the Barack Obama’s team to address. Halperin stressed it would be a challenge for Democrats because the Romney’s campaign’s “brazen chutzpah knows no bounds.”

    How odd. At the first debate Romney had so brashly reinvented himself by shifting his position on taxation, immigration and health care away from the Republican Party, that the onus was on Obama to counter Romney’s slick maneuver. In other words, Romney’s flip-flops, according to Halperin, were a major problem for the Obama campaign, not for the Republican who late in the game unveiled a new political persona. (Farewell “severely conservative.”)
    See? Romney’s reinvention, his decision to alter his views on the central issues of the campaign weeks before Election Day, is “brilliant.” The brash flip-flopping doesn’t reflect poorly on the candidate or suggest that Romney’s unsure, or unprincipled, about his positions. Instead, it signals savvy politics and “crafty” campaigning.

    For the final push of this campaign Mitt Romney is trying to reinvent himself as a moderate, less-scary Republican. And the press is helping him at every turn.



  72. 207 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    “Vikram Pandit quits as Citigroup chief executive

    US investment bank says Pandit has stepped down as chief executive and left the company’s board with ‘immediate effect'”



  73. October 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  74. 210 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Maya Angelou and Lynn Whitfield
    Every Vote Counts

    “‘Black people… went still every year back again and again to try to vote,’ says Maya Angelou. “Imagine one vote – your vote might make the difference. Don’t hesitate, don’t sit on the sidelines and don’t regret.” OK Angelou is not an actress, but she is the coolest.”


    • 211 edp4bho
      October 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Actually Ms. Angelou is an actress from long ago. Read her biography “I know Why A Caged Bird Sings”. Very good read.

  75. 212 Bill R.
    October 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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