Rise and Shine

Cleveland, October 25 (Thomas Miller)


Joseph E. Stiglitz (NYT): This election has rightly been characterized as one that will deeply affect the future direction of the country: Americans are being given a choice with potentially large consequences. One arena in which there are profound differences that has not been adequately debated is the future course of inequality.

…. Every other advanced country has recognized the right of everyone to access to health care, and extending access was central to President Obama’s health care reform. Romney and Ryan have criticized that reform, but have said nothing about how or whether they would ensure universal access. Most important, the macroeconomic consequences of the Romney-Ryan economic program would be devastating: growth would slow, unemployment would increase, and just as Americans would need the social protection of government more, the safety net would be weakened.

…. let no one be deceived: their tax policies will lead to even more inequality at the top, the continued hollowing out of the middle, and more poverty at the bottom. Worst of all, they will lead to a more divided society that endangers our future – our economy, our democracy and our sense of identity as a nation.

(Joseph E. Stiglitz, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and a former chief economist of the World Bank, is University Professor at Columbia University)

Full article here





Paul Krugman: Mitt Romney has been barnstorming the country, telling voters that he has a five-point plan to restore prosperity …. Mr. Romney’s “plan” is a sham. It’s a list of things he claims will happen, with no description of the policies he would follow to make those things happen…..

Actually, if describing what you want to see happen without providing any specific policies to get us there constitutes a “plan,” I can easily come up with a one-point plan that trumps Mr. Romney any day. Here it is: Every American will have a good job with good wages. Also, a blissfully happy marriage. And a pony.

So Mr. Romney is faking it. His real plan seems to be to foster economic recovery through magic, inspiring business confidence through his personal awesomeness. But what about the man he wants to kick out of the White House?

…. Mr. Obama may not have an exciting economic plan, but, if he is re-elected, he will get to implement a health reform that is the biggest improvement in America’s safety net since Medicare. Mr. Romney doesn’t have an economic plan at all, but he is determined not just to repeal Obamacare but to impose savage cuts in Medicaid. So never mind all those bullet points. Think instead about the 45 million Americans who either will or won’t receive essential health care, depending on who wins on Nov. 6.

Full article here


President Obama has his drivers license checked prior to casting his vote in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago

President Obama has a laugh when an election official’s cell phone rings …

Greeting people as he leaves a campaign office in Chicago (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)


Eugene Robinson (Washington Post): This election is only tangentially a fight over policy. It is also a fight about meaning and identity – and that’s one reason voters are so polarized. It’s about who we are and who we aspire to be.

President Obama enters the final days of the campaign with a substantial lead among women – about 11 points, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll – and enormous leads among Latinos and African Americans, the nation’s two largest minority groups. Mitt Romney leads among white voters, with an incredible 2-to-1 advantage among white men … it would be disingenuous to pretend not to notice the obvious cleavage between those who have long held power in this society and those who are beginning to attain it.

When Republicans vow to “take back our country,” they never say from whom. But we can guess.

…. Some of Obama’s opponents have tried to delegitimize his presidency because he doesn’t embody the America they once knew. He embodies the America of now.

Full article here






Paul Krugman:  …. If you’re new to this, there are two basic approaches to election analysis at this point. One is the campaign reporter style, full of impressionist reporting about who won the news cycle and who has “momentum”, whatever that means ….. The other is poll-based. And that mostly means state-level polls at this point: there are more of them, and we have an electoral-college system, not a popular-vote system.

The impressionistic style has been all about Romney on the rise, a narrative that is to a large part being fed by the Romney campaign itself. But the state-level polling doesn’t show it…..

More here


Chicago, October 25 (Scout Tufankjian)


NYT Editorial: …. For Mr. Romney, Mr. Obama’s decision to bail out the auto industry and his own rejection of it is proving to be an Electoral College challenge. Several states are also feeling the benefits of an improved economy. Obama campaign officials say that to win, Mr. Romney would have to pick off voters already committed to the president in states where Mr. Romney has never been ahead. “We think we maintain a lot more plausible pathways to 270 than Governor Romney, who we think has to essentially pull an inside straight,” said David Plouffe, the president’s chief strategist.

Those pathways exist because millions of voters still harbor doubts about Mitt Romney. He has apparently decided that in the final days of the campaign, he will do little to dispel them.

Full editorial here




Washington Post: …. this is an interesting case in which Mitt Romney has taken two moments from the third presidential debate – both of which were faulted by fact checkers – and turned them into television ads. In both cases, Romney also misspoke, making his statements even less accurate. The campaign commercial for the “apology tour” selectively snips out Romney’s errors, but apparently it was impossible to clean up Romney’s error on the size of the Navy.

…. The net effect is to suggest Obama made those supposed apologies to Arabs, without actually saying so, because that would be incorrect. But even careful editing still does not fix the basic problem in the first place – there was no apology tour.

This ad also repeats the criticism that Obama has never visited Israel. As we have noted, only four of the last 11 presidents visited Israel during their presidency — and only two visited in their first term…

For doubling down on claims that have been repeatedly called out by fact checkers, even to the point of editing out the candidate’s misstatements, the Romney campaign earns Four Pinocchios.

See here



Adam Serwer (Mother Jones): GOP’s Benghazi Smoking Gun Goes Up in Smoke …. When a set of State Department emails were released Wednesday, one reporting that a local Islamist militia had claimed responsibility for the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya, conservatives thought they had the smoking gun that the Obama administration had lied about what had occurred.

…. There’s only one problem — well, actually, there are many, but one big one: The email appears to have been incorrect…..

….. in the future it’s a good idea to remember that just because someone posts something on Facebook, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. Even better: Just because someone said someone posted something on Facebook doesn’t mean it’s true. Even if you really, really want it to be.

Full post here


You can seen another clip from the show here



Apologies for posting a Willard video ….. but you have to hear the singing in this:


Have a perfect day you two!!



11:45 ET: VP Biden delivers remarks at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh

3:0 ET: VP Biden at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha

Morning everyone, happy Friday 😉

254 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 collegekay
    October 26, 2012 at 9:23 am


  2. 5 forus50
    October 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning!

  3. 6 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 26, 2012 at 9:23 am


  4. 7 LDS
    October 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Congrats CK! You did it!

  5. 9 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Poor Chips, must be tired from all that baking!

    It’s Friday, TODobots, and we’re approaching the wire with lots of energy and gas in the tank!
    Way to go! 😆 An extra HUGE ‘THANK YOU’ to all the Obots who are out in the field in some way or other these last days – phoning, door-to-door, data entry, encouraging, providing treats, driving voters, …….. “THANK YOU! YES. WE. CAN! YES. WE. WILL!

    ‘HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DesertFlower!’ May you continue to bloom beautifully and happily (in a state where PBO knocks out the wingnuts)! /So, Df, is it your 29th or 39th? 😉 ;)/

    Hats off to you, CK! 😆

    • October 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

      I baked a double birthday card, I hope you’re impressed 😎 Morning everyone!!!

      • 11 vcprezofan2
        October 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

        And you tidied up after yourself too – I’m duly impressed! You have made wonderful progress over the time I’ve known you, CC! I’m soooo proud of you. /pats CC gently on the shoulder/

        BTW – Ran out of batter for SOS Clinton’s cake?

    • 12 vcprezofan2
      October 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

      A lesson for all potential goal-oriented winners – DON’T BE DISTRACTED! You can see from the last thread that I allowed myself to be snarky towards Mayoress Chips at just the moment she was opening the door here, and a smarter CK, ForUS & PFI zipped right through. Kudos to all three!!!

      Have a wonderful Friday, all TODobots! 😛 😛

    • 13 desertflower
      October 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

      🙂 Thank you, vc!! Right you are…petal to the metal, nose to the grindstone, balls to the wall…LET’S DO THIS THING!! I hope that the people of AZ present the US with their very own surprise for Nov 6th:) THAT would be awesome! Just so you know, it is the 28th anniversary of my 29th year:)

      Congrats on first, CK! CK One…my favorite scent!! 🙂

      • October 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

        Mooooooooooooorning birthday girl!!!! Happy 29th!!! 😆

      • 15 vcprezofan2
        October 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

        😆 😆 ‘it is the 28th anniversary of my 29th year’ I really, really love this! You gals/guys are soooo creative! I’m going to keep that one in the back of my head and hope that I still remember it my next birthday. Of course I’ll have to make some slight amendments – I won’t say up or down – but it works beautifully and will give me the chance to be truthful and coy TO THOSE WHOM I WISH TO ANSWER WITH THE FACTS. 😉 😉

      • October 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

        *~*~*~*~*~*HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESERTFLOWER*~*~*~*~*~*

      • 18 wesleya17
        October 26, 2012 at 11:46 am

        Desrtflower Happy Brithday and may you have many many more and here is a Flower for your birthday just click to see C:\Users\ALLMOND1743\Pictures\Downloaded Albums\105309304353155304146\Recently Updated_3\ph2313630530043669532.jpg From a truckers travels.

        • 19 wesleya17
          October 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

          Desert flower don’t use that link yet I made a mistake in the path will resend it to you my laptop is acting up .

  6. 20 ber6964
    October 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Good Morning…………….What a Beautiful O’Day!!!!

  7. October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Good morning Chips and Happy Birthday desertflower!!!!!


  8. 23 ranman11
    October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    CK congrats on being first. Good morning TOD family and Happy Friday.

  9. 25 FiredUpInCA
    October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    TGIF – Thank God I’m Firstish.

    Good morning everyone and happy electoral landslide momentum week. If you’re in the path of Sandy, please stay safe.

    Today, the President will be on MTV live, across five of their platforms, on “Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview with the President,” a 30-minute sit down interview hosted by MTV News’ Sway Calloway.The special airs live at 5 p.m. ET (tape delayed PT)

    Happy 65th birthday Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Forward, together.

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      October 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Kudos on being firstish, thanks for the info re the interviews, and have a good weekend yourself, FiredUp.

  10. 28 amk for obama
    October 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Fiiinally. Binge night? And it’s not even weekend yet. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

  11. 34 proudmemberofglobalzero
    October 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Good morning Chips. Happy Birthday Desertflower and Hopeful Fruit. Please ad my Republican Husband Obama Supporter to the mix. I posted this on the last thread but wanted to share my CNN comment. I usually don’t get my comments posted because they are not mean but factual. It is in reference to the ad about 1st vote = loss of virginity. Here is my post:


    Sorry, as a mother of one daughter and two sons…I thought it was cute. My sons cast their first vote in 2008 and my daughter cast hers in the 2010 primaries…they all are likely voters under the age of 25. This ad beats the ads I am seeing in Florida from all of the GOP candidates. Two of my children voted absentee already. They are in college and voted for PBO. My other son is working and going to get his masters but is registered in NY. He will be voting early like his mom. Early vote starts tomorrow in Florida. I will be out the door by 6am with a car full of Obama voters. We hope to be among the first to cast votes for President Obama in Palm Beach County Florida. My husband is a Republican and will vote on election day. He too is pledging his support for President Obama this election.

    • 35 vcprezofan2
      October 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Yeah, PMoGZ! The family that votes together, stays… 😆 Just kidding, but feel thankful nonetheless for the votes of all family members. I know you’ll enjoy your busy weekend because you are always on the go – have a good one!

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      October 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Beautiful! Soon, we will have no election virgins left in this country (one wishes). And it sounds like they’re all votin’ Obama!

    • 37 desertflower
      October 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Fabulous plan!! Thank you for the birthday wishes, pmogz:)

  12. 38 amk for obama
    October 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

  13. 40 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Thoughtful3! I guess tonight’s TOD party is going to be riotous. Thoughtful, you share the day with some good folk. Enjoy each moment.

  14. October 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

    US GDP grows at 2% in 3rd quarter — a faster rate than anticipated

  15. October 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

    More inside the GDP numbers-
    Housing was up +12% consumer spending,
    but, business spending was a net negative -1.3%. Surprise!

  16. 43 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers and everyone! Congratulations to ck on #1, and Happy Birthday dessertflower 🙂

    Tomorrow is our first day of in-person early voting (MD), so I’m heading out to vote first thing in the morning. The storm is approaching and according to our weather reports, we are likely to get at least some impact (more than minimal), so I’m not taking any chances!

  17. October 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Jen Psaki is going to make a great Wh Press Secretary.
    That is all.

  18. 50 anniebella
    October 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I manage to stay up and see the First Lady on Jimmy Kimmel show last night, and you know any time I get the chance to see our FLOTUS I enjoy it. Except one thing, her time wasn’t long enough. No disrespect to the other guess, but FLOTUS could have gotten more time. Like she did when she was on Letterman and Leno.

  19. 51 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Jon Stewart on the GOP, ‘If a woman wants to have a baby via IVF she can’t. Rape? She has to.’

    By: Sarah Jones


    Jon Stewart summed up the GOP’s positions on rape, abortion, and conception, ‘If a woman wants to have a baby via IVF she can not. Rape? She has to.’
    The Daily Show host summed the issue up in an understandable way that every American should hear. The Republican Party has gone so far to the extreme that their position is to force women to have their rapists’ babies, while they forbid women from conceiving in a modern, non-Bible approved way. The Republican rejection of IVF is also related to the fact that the GOP is under the control of the conservative anti-science fringe.

    Stewart was right on. The Republican Party doesn’t get it. The problem with the Akins and Mourdocks of their party isn’t that they turn off swing voters and lose elections. The problem is that they believe in things like “legitimate rape,” and rape being, “God’s intention.” These men are advocating a policy that glorifies the fruits of a heinous and violent crime against women.



  20. 52 squarepeg
    October 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

    that skit with FLOTUS and Jimmy Kimmell was hilarious.

  21. 55 amk for obama
    October 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

  22. October 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Happy Birthday, Desertflower and Thoughtful 3. You both deserve the ‘bestest’ day ever. Great round up of stories above. I’m feeling good PBO vibes in the air.

  23. October 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

    GOOOD morning, TODville!!

    A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, df and thoughtful3!! Hope your day is filled with luxury and bliss!!

  24. 59 lovingandlaughing
    October 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I am trying, but I have just not been able to keep up with TOD’s amazing coverage of the campaign these days few days! Things are looking great! Let’s keep our eyes focused on the prize and get out the vote! Morning everyone!

  25. 60 symmetry11
    October 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

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    Happy Birthday to You, ♪♫ to ♪♫ you♪♫☆•*¨*•¸♥¸.•*¨*•☆♪♫
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    Happy Birthday Dear DesertFlower, ♪♫☆•*¨*•¸♥¸.•*¨*•☆♪♫
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  26. 64 symmetry11
    October 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

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    «´BIRT╠╣DAY! Thoughtful3
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  27. 69 amk for obama
    October 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

  28. 70 dotster3
    October 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I’m exhausted by the millions of polls too, but……….

  29. October 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I will take a consistent 3 point lead, any day.

  30. 75 dotster3
    October 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

    • October 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

      That storm will stop early voting dead in it’s tracks. That’s not good.
      Any chance it goes out to sea?

      • 77 jacquelineoboomer
        October 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Yes, my friend in Florida also says people are worried about loss of electricity not back up by election day = loss of votes.

        • 78 hopefruit2
          October 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

          Not so much in Iowa or Ohio. The major impact will be on the eastern coastal and surrounding areas. And even so, this will hurt Willard too. A lot of his supporters hail from rural, poorly served areas – not large urban cities. So either way, it’s not good for ANY ONE.

  31. 80 Pugeretto
    October 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Happy Birthday both of you ….Desertflower & Thoughtful 3….Best wishes for a great day! Morning Chips& TODs … It’sFriday #TrustBarack !!!

  32. 82 amk for obama
    October 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

  33. 85 chitra
    October 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    GOOOD morning,
    A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, df and thoughtful3
    Good news-VP Biden is coming to our campus today
    Bad news-It seems Prfessors can’t cut classes . This is the only time I wish I am a student right now

  34. October 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    One thing that might tilt a tied up race in Colorado?
    Legalizing Pot is on the ballot.
    Therefore, the Youth will show up, and they overwhelmingly favor the President.

  35. October 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

    You all remember that movie -Perfect Storm? Well, the same conditions are forming with this Storm.
    I just hope George Clooney does not take a Boat and go fishing, again.
    Just saying.

  36. 91 squarepeg
    October 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Joan Walsh said that Hurricane Sandy could effect voting on the east coast.

    • 92 FiredUpInCA
      October 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

      I hope it inspires early voting. Storm is supposed to hit the east coast on Sunday.

      • 93 hopefruit2
        October 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

        There is no in-person early voting many of these states like PA, RI, NJ, NY, but I’m hoping that they would allow some form of no-fault absentee ballot for people who are unable to get to the polls because of weather.

  37. 94 utaustinliberal
    October 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

    We’ve got good news!

    Economists were projecting only 1.5-1.8% but the economy beat their expectations.

  38. 95 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

    A poll recently came out showing Obama leading Willard by a whopping 80 in D.C. (Obama 88%, Willard 8%)

    So what does the media do in response to that poll? Put out an article titled “DC leaders:”Obama’s done little for us.””

    Hey MSM, we see what you did there. And we’re not stupid.

  39. 98 utaustinliberal
    October 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

    That Romney, Meatloaf, Fat Guys band of dueling craziness almost made me lose my mind. I could feel my uterus screaming in protest. That’s what he considers “star power?”

  40. October 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Slight correction from ground zero: Michelle won’t be here in Iowa City until Monday, per the newspaper today: http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20121026/NEWS01/310260007/Michelle-Obama-to-visit-Iowa-City-on-Monday?nclick_check=1. Definitely looking forward to it. 🙂

    In the meantime, two actors from Glee are here to rally the faithful this weekend: http://blogs.press-citizen.com/2012/10/26/more-celebrities-coming-to-iowa-city-to-campaign-for-obama/

  41. October 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Hi everyone- just sharing….
    I was able to watch all of the stops and interviews from the 2 day Extravaganza yesterday ( thanks to DVR and Cspan) and today I can’t stop thinking about the President. I have been a supporter, knocking on doors and making phone calls, but today I feel different. Today, I realized that I REALLY LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA. I had forgot how in 2008 I felt this way. Sounds crazy, but I want to walk out this meeting, leave work and go do something- ANYTHING- for the campaign. I am canvassing tomorrow and getting on the call this afternoon with campaign so this will have to do (gotta keep my job:).
    I’m just REALLY excited again! I LOVE PRESIDENT OBAMA and HE MUST WIN!
    Makes me wonder if his TV blitz is having the same effect on others. Thanks for listening 🙂

    • 118 desertflower
      October 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

      I know that feeling well! On my mind always…I don’t feel that way while I’m working though…the kiddos keep me focused!

  42. October 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

    A ten point lead, right leaning poll! Nice!

  43. 120 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

    For anyone who tells you that Hispanics won’t turn out or that there is no enthusiasm among them (Chuck Todd I’m looking at you), please refer them to this link. And here are key pieces of info:

    // 1. Latinos make up the fastest-growing share of the electorate, and comprise a bigger share of early voters today than at this point in 2008.

    2. President Obama has greater support among Latinos than he did in 2008, and Mitt Romney has much less support than John McCain drew four years ago. As a result, today the President is leading by as much as 51 points among Latino voters.

    3. In Florida, early voting among Latino Democrats and Independents is way up, while early voting among Latino Republicans is down compared with this point four years ago.

    4. Since the last presidential election, the total number of registered Latinos in Florida has increased by more than 195,000, and 91% registered as Democrats and Independents. Just 9% of these new registrants registered as Republicans. //


  44. 121 Pamela
    October 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Happiest Birthdays to DF, Thoughtful3, and SOS Clinton, without whom we would have a big hole in our efforts to move forward. Yes, that sentiment is to all three of these brilliant women! I’m gone, meeting with hospice intake at noon, prayers are always gratefully accepted. {{{{Chipsticks}}}}. {{{{TOD}}}}

  45. 125 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

    This is from the State of Georgia!

  46. 129 Bill R.
    October 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

  47. 130 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2012 at 10:33 am


    It’s always been a matter of trust

    By Steve Benen


    I suggested yesterday that President Obama’s closing theme appeared to be “trust.” Increasingly, the pitch is coming without subtlety.

    As part of his multi-state blitz yesterday, Obama began telling supporters, “We joke about ‘Romnesia,’ but the reason I bring this up is because it speaks to something serious and that is the issue of trust…. There’s no more serious issue in the presidential campaign than who can you trust. Trust matters…. And here’s the thing — you know me by now. You know I say what I mean, and I mean what I say.”

    And what about his rival? Obama shared some candid thoughts with Rolling Stone.



  48. 131 forus50
    October 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

    About the storm – no need for us to add to the “chicken littles” and create undue concern about it’s impact on the election.

    The storm is this weekend and will move out by Wed next week. The election is the Tuesday after that. The states expected to be hit this weekend (New York and New Jersey and DC and Maryland) are 1) not swing states and 2) don’t have early voting. http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/hurricane-sandy-winter-storm-20121025

    • 132 tamia
      October 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

      One correction – New York does have early voting “in person absentee voting”. I voted yesterday because I’m poll watching for OFA in PA or VA on election day. Can’t wait! But storm or not, NY, NJ, MD and DC are fired up for the president. And a significant proportion of the democratic base in these states is concentrated in urban areas and we’re used to getting to where we need to get to on the bus, subway or trains so as far as its not dangerous storms I wouldn’t expect rain to have a major impact on voters.

    • 133 xtine
      October 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Correction: MD does have early voting — Saturday, October 27, 2012 through Thursday, November 1, 2012. Hours: 10am to 8pm on October 27 and October 29 thru November 1, 2012. Sunday, October 28 = 12pm to 6pm.

      I’m there tomorrow. Pass the word!


  49. 134 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

  50. 135 Jennifer
    October 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Hi, all – Haven’t commented in a long, long time so not sure if these comments will go through. Just wanted to thank Chipsticks for this fabulous site and everyone for the warm and lovely community. I come here to be refreshed and re-energized and to learn what I can’t learn elsewhere. Thank you, Ms. Chipsticks for imposing the no-negativity rule for this last, final push. Going to another GOTV bank on Sunday and I think I’ve picked up a recruit to come with – a friend was inspired by my raves about the team here in Santa Monica and how unutterably awesome it is to be in a room full of supporters working so hard to get out the vote and re-elect the president.

  51. 136 dotster3
    October 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Here’s what the Sioux City Journal (Ia.) is most concerned about today—–“Rhinestone jeans are damaging church pews”. The #1 story on website. Not kidding.

  52. October 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Why Romney’s bogus Jeep claims matter
    By Steve Benen

    Mitt Romney campaigned in Defiance, Ohio, last night, and rolled out a new argument. “I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China,” he said. “I will fight for every good job in America, I’m going to fight to make sure trade is fair, and if it’s fair, America will win.”

    There are a few problems with this line of attack, starting with the simple fact that Romney wasn’t telling the truth.


  53. October 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

    • 154 jacquelineoboomer
      October 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Yeah, I picked up on that non-apology non-apology, too, that McCain was so anxious to grab onto. McCain also announced that Colin Powell brought more “shame” on himself by supporting PBO again, and that he and Powell “used to be friends.” Gee, loser McCain, maybe Colin Powell picked up on your use of the term “that one” for candidate Obama, and re-sized ya in his mind (you came out looking smaller than you already looked). And maybe you should stay out of discussions about women, because you have pretty much shamed yourself as someone with no regard for women or African-Americans, just to name a couple “interest groups.” It’s you, Joe L and Lindsay G ridin’ off into the sunset, okay? Or, rather, being driven off, in some vehicle paid for by Cindy, the rich wife who probably thinks you’re a loser, too, ’cause I’m pretty sure she and your daughter are voting for Obama, again. By the way, President Obama will be re-elected, and you’re still a loser. You loser.

      Boy, that felt good getting that out! Like I care one iota about John McCain. #FORWARD

      • 155 jackiegrumbacher
        October 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        Good for you, JOB, couldn’t have said it better.

        • 156 jacquelineoboomer
          October 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

          Thanks. Might also have added that Colin Powell is spending his retirement years HELPING OTHERS and loser McCain will be barbecuing on the back 400 with Joe L and Lindsay G there to help him chase the kids off the ranch!

  54. 160 jacquelineoboomer
    October 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Mornin’, TOD. Chips – Lovely, lovely images and words! Thank you. Did y’all already talk about the reported fact (who knows) that the President called the loser a “bulls****er”? And it’s in print? First thing I thought of was some rwnj “red staters” buried deep in the country might just appreciate his … uh … candor. Of course, they’ll never read that particular magazine, but it’ll be quoted all over the place.

    • 161 veryslowwriter
      October 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      One of the earliest political anecdotes I can remember hearing as a small child involved another Democratic president, the then recently-retired Harry Truman, who was said to have offended some ladies at his wife’s tea party with a reference to “manuring the lawn”.

      “My dear,” said one of them to Bess, after Harry left, “Couldn’t you get him to say… fertilizer?”

      To which Bess replied, “It’s taken me forty years to train him to use ‘manure’.”

    • 165 ranman11
      October 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      df Happy Birthday. Mitt is a pathological liar and staunch tax evader that has spent his life avoiding paying anything into the US Treasury. And this liar will probably get over 40% of the vote. That’s a shame. Happy Birthday again df. 🙂

  55. October 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Happy Birthday Desertflower and Thoughtful3….Happiness always especially after Nov.6th.

  56. 171 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Why the GM Rescue Should Matter in Ohio—and Everywhere Else

    By Jonathan Cohn


    Nobody familiar with the electoral map should be surprised that the auto industry keeps coming up in the presidential campaign, as it did on Monday night during a debate that was supposed to focus on foreign policy. The entire election could come down to Ohio. And in Ohio, about one out of every eight jobs has ties to the carmakers. Take it from somebody who lives over the border in Michigan, the only state that has even more auto-related jobs than Ohio. In these parts, people care a lot about what Obama did—and what Romney might have done—when Chrysler and General Motors were in trouble.

    But those of us in auto country shouldn’t be the only ones thinking about this episode. Perhaps more than any presidential campaign in recent memory, this election offers a set of stark choices. Obama and Romney have very different philosophies of government. And they have very different leadership styles. The auto industry story puts these contrasts into almost perfect relief.



  57. 172 utaustinliberal
    October 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

  58. 173 desertflower
    October 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I think the President should tweek his speech’s from now on just enough to point this Jeep thing out…it goes to the issue of trust and cred. Romney has neither. He could point to this as the perfect example….the UAW could make an AWESOME ad for PBO from this! Just sayin………………

  59. 180 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2012 at 11:17 am


    America’s Voice | Released on 10/25/2012


    So what happened? According to Senator Reid himself, “I would not be the majority leader in the United States Senate today, but for the Hispanics in Nevada.” Yet, even acknowledging the important contribution of the Latino voters who flocked to Senator Reid, how did the pollsters and pundits get this race so wrong ahead of time and miss the fact that Reid was poised for a resounding victory?

    The answer? “The Harry Reid Effect.” The Harry Reid Effect is when pre-election polls underestimate the Latino vote in a way that misses the advantage enjoyed by the candidate most favored by Latino voters. The methodological and sampling issues that lead to a skewed and undercounted Latino voter sample in many pre-election polls are compounded by increasingly effective Latino voter registration and turnout operations (also are underestimated in pre-election polling turnout models).



  60. 181 donna dem 4 obama
    October 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Happy Happy Birthday Thoughful3

    and to our dear DesertFlower while celebrating your wonderful birthday…

    “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
    Love like you’ll never be hurt,
    Sing like there’s nobody listening,
    And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

    Have a wonderful B’Day sweetie!!!!!!!!

  61. 188 amk for obama
    October 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

  62. 190 donna dem 4 obama
    October 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Chips, thanks so much for all the videos and pics of the 48 hour GOTV marathon by President Obama. That airplane scene was simply phenomenal.

    I have to admit that by yesterday I was starting to feel a little worn down. Working full time and running home to grab dinner and then out the door to OFA until 9:30-10:00 every night was getting to this ole girl. Then I sat there after I got in last night and watched our energizer bunny President zig-zag all over the country getting people inspired to vote and my little pity party came to an abrupt end. 😉

    I’ll take tonight off but tomorrow it’s full steam ahead. We can rest on November 7th!!


  63. October 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

  64. 196 desertflower
    October 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Any questions??? http://www.salon.com/2012/10/26/chevron_gives_2_5_million_to_house_gop/

    Energy giant Chevron contributed $2.5 million in October to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC supporting Republicans to the House. According to campaignmoney.org, the contribution is the largest from a single corporation to a super PAC since the Citizen’s United verdict enabled corporations and unions to make unlimited political contributions.

    Think Progress reports that the “donation comes after House Republicans voted 109 times this Congress to enrich oil companies.”

    The company’s donation arrives in an election year where the oil industry has waged multimillion-dollar ad campaigns, including American Petroleum Institute’s campaign in swing states. Chevron has also sent 91 percent of its federal political contributions to Republican candidates. So far this year, fossil fuel groups have spent more than $153 million on campaign ads to promote pro-fossil fuel candidates.

    Chevron gets a good return for its loyalty. House Republicans voted at least twice to protect Big Oil’s $2.4 billion in taxpayer subsidies. Chevron alone receives an estimated $700 million in annual tax breaks. And the company spent $16.6 million of Big Oil’s $105 million lobbying Congress to block pollution controls and safeguards for public health.

  65. 197 donna dem 4 obama
    October 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Somebody please tell me our President is NOT doing an interview with Morning Joke and his side kick Mica. Say it ain’t so!!!!!!!! 🙄

    • 198 symmetry11
      October 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

      I just read that. TPM is reporting that it will air on Monday. I also read that he will be doing an interview with Apryl Ryan.

      • 199 donna dem 4 obama
        October 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

        Oh Sheesh! You mean Apryl (you ain’t doing nothing for the AA community) Ryan? LHM, I wish I did had the tolerance level of PBO.

    • October 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Afraid so Donna, he’s a VERY forgiving man.

    • 202 Nena20409
      October 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      The MJoke people are following him to NH or some place in the New England area. Just like the Daily Show last week, I don’t approve. However, pres Obama is more than capable to handle a cheating lying JoeScar.

    • 204 vcprezofan2
      October 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      I saw this on twitter earlier today, and since I can’t change it, here’s the response I gave:

      • 205 amk for obama
        October 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        Good tweet vc.

        • 206 vcprezofan2
          October 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

          TY, Amk. I just think there’s no point using up energies over what we can’t change. Our President is an excellent decision maker, and a genuine leader who ‘sees’ ALL his ‘people’, even those who watch the ‘wrong’ programmes. I imagine PBO thinks it would be ‘discrimination’ to not reach out to ALL Americans. Put another way, we ought to be even more proud of this evidence of the President practising what he preaches – giving every American a fair shot at the American dream. That’s all. 😀 😀

    • 208 hopefruit2
      October 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      He’s doing these interviews to shut these fools up, and to reach their wider audiences. He’s not doing it because he likes them or he wants them to like him. When it comes to politics, PBO is a strategist who doesn’t get bogged down by personal likes or dislikes. It’s ultimately what will get him the votes and keep him in the Oval office for another 4 years.

      • 209 amk for obama
        October 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        Yup. Relax peeps. He has got this.

      • 210 donna dem 4 obama
        October 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        Oh believe me I understand the strategy behind going on their show. Knowing that, doesn’t make me feel any better about it. 😉

        I have never understood the facination by Dems for this show. Everyday my TL is filled with what Joe or one of his guest says. Dems cry foul about Morning Joke all the time but I have often felt that its those very Dems that make this show successful. This guy sets the tone for MSNBC for the better part of the day and most often that tone is negative.

        PBO will do a great job and hopefully reach some Moderate Repubs or Indies with his message and like you said in the end that is all that really matters.

        • 211 hopefruit2
          October 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

          I agree donna – Joe Scarborough is a racist misogynist hack – why he appeals to some Democrats is well beyond me. And MSNBC’s entire morning and early afternoon programming is one big Romney infomercial!

    • 212 Mae who love our CIC
      October 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Donna, a lot of President Obama’s ways are not our ways, nor a lot of his thoughts are our thoughts. Some things we will certainly do different. We have to trust him and hope for a good outcome.

      Right now I am a little concern about the polling in FL. Just unbelievable, that we know what we know and yet Romney is in view.

  66. October 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Live streaming: VP Biden at the University of Wisconsin http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  67. 214 desertflower
    October 26, 2012 at 11:53 am


    Consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in five years in October as Americans were more upbeat about prospects for the economy and their own finances, a survey released on Friday showed.

    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment rose to 82.6 from 78.3 in September. It was at its highest level since September 2007 on a final reading basis.

    • 215 Nena20409
      October 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Then why is this race Close? The economy is better. USA is safer. Why again are the polls closer? Oh yeah, the rightwingers media, MSM, racism and some folks on the left with constant meltdown and their ugly criticism. Romney messed up om Monday debate, the right circled around him. Pres Obama, many on our side jumped down his throat. Now…We know that pres Obama will win….But we must all Vote, canvass, donate, volunteer and early vote where available.

  68. 216 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I looked around a bit in our regular ‘live’ haunts but though CBS has VPJoe listed for 11:45 I didn’t see or hear anything! Anyone with more savvy know if he’s being aired any where?

  69. October 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

  70. 221 amk for obama
    October 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    scum berlusconi sentenced to 4 years jail for tax fraud. Happy dance.


  71. 222 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  72. 224 amk for obama
    October 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  73. 225 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Anyone plans to watch Willard’s “big” economic speech at 1PM ET, during which he stands in front of a constuction plant that received 700K in Obama stimulus funds?

  74. 229 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Good morning TOD fam. It is so gooooooooooood to be among like minded, committed Obots. Need to vent for just a moment…

    I love my neighbors, I swear I do; however…

    1. I’m tired of hearing “later” — we are 10 days out from the most important election of our life time.
    2. Don’t complain that “we” don’t have a “real office” or that the “office” is all the way in the county seat (4 miles) — I’ve converted my home to the town OFA HQ — I’m walking distance from your house…
    3. When I send an email saying that I’ve bulk purchased signs and you can obtain one for cost ($6.00) or FREE after completing one shift; why are you responding “Why do we have to pay for signs??”


    I’m thankful for the senior citizen who can’t leave her bed, but completes the daily phone lists that I take her.
    I’m thankful for the folks that paid for an extra sign so that the ones I give away are not all out of my pocket.
    I’m thankful for the grandmothers and grandfathers that are riding herd on their younger family members, ensuring they’ll be out to vote Nov 6th.
    I’m thankful for the folks that commit and fulfill their commitment.
    I’m thankful for President Obama & FLOTUS, Vice President Biden & SLOTUS, and their families.
    I’m thankful for Chips and the TOD Family.

    • 230 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Wonderful stuff. You go, Alycee!!!

    • October 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      You are a wonderful and amazing volunteer, Alycee. I wish I lived in your precinct! THANK YOU.

    • 232 donna dem 4 obama
      October 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm


      Awesome Comment!!!!

      Thank you so much for laying it all on the line for PBO’s Re-election!

    • 233 Mae who love our CIC
      October 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks for all that you are doing Alycee. Each of us in our own family circle can remind and encourage all of our family members to vote early especially the crowd of voters in their twenties. We have to stay after them.

    • 234 edp4bho
      October 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      LOL. As I posted along the thread, I’m in Delaware County also. I put 2 new signs in my front window- they’re small- and am awaiting my yard sign. I plan to encourage my neighbors to re-use their signs from 4 years ago (I so believe they’ve saved them as momentos), and will explain to them how all monies are needed to fight the scourge that is Citizens Unitted and super pacs, and that a sign doesn’t prove commitment to re-electing PBO. I don’t think I’ll have a problem. Good soldiering Alycee.

    • 235 jacquelineoboomer
      October 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      ^^^^ How To Be An Organizer 101 ^^^^

      And WE are THANKFUL for you, Alycee!

    • 236 vcprezofan2
      October 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      I’m thankful for Alycee and her ongoing commitment to America’s future.
      I’m thankful for her organizing skills & for her using them effectively.
      I’m thankful that Alycee will see lasting results the night of November 6th.


  75. 237 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Happy Birthday DesertFlower and Thoughtful3. May you both continue to be blessed with love, peace and joy!

  76. 240 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Link for Smerconish radio show; PBO will be interviewed around 1:00 pm — http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/talk-radio-1210-wpht/

  77. 241 forus50
    October 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Headed to Iowa again tomorrow for all day canvassing with other Chicago volunteers. Go Obama!

  78. 243 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  79. 244 amk for obama
    October 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  80. 245 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    My local newspaper:

  81. 247 FoxfireTX
    October 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Good morning peeps! Don’t know if this has posted anywhere but the final paragraph is an excellent summary of the differences between PBO and Romney:

    Put it all together, and it’s possible to draw from the auto industry rescue a pretty good lesson about the real differences between Obama and Romney. Obama understands that the market doesn’t always work on its own—that sometimes government must intervene in order to protect Americans from economic harm. Romney doesn’t. Obama is also willing to act in the face of political peril. Romney isn’t.

    Those differences should matter to all Americans, not just those of us who live in Michigan and Ohio.


  82. October 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  83. 249 FoxfireTX
    October 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Hey Bob! How about
    #TrustBarack because he understands rape is rape and it is a crime.

  84. 252 xtine
    October 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm


    “Its important to remember that all of these endorsements come from moderates/conservatives. It is clear from listening to them that if they were given the choice of a sane trustworthy Republican, they would endorse her/him gladly. But they’ve all taken a close look at the candidates and decided that’s not what is happening in this election. What they’re seeing is that Obama has proven himself to be a steady competent President and they don’t know what the hell they’d get from Romney.

    We don’t hear about it much in the media, but I believe that there are moderates/conservatives all over the country who are making the same calculation.”


    • 253 amk for obama
      October 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      I believe that there are moderates/conservatives all over the country who are making the same calculation.

      Yup. Hence my prediction of 10+ PV and 343+ EV. Reverse Bradley effect. Karma.

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