Ten Steps to Victory: Yours?

September 4: Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention



September 5: Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention

The ‘Explainer-in-Chief’: Masterful. #Arithmetic


September 17: Mother Jones? We salute you. Romney exposed …. with his very own words.


October 4: Madison, Wisconsin

We laughed all the way through at the media’s ‘enthusiasm gap’ narrative, but the images from Madison that day didn’t just embarrass them, they made us realize: this wasn’t a repeat of 2008, it was even bigger than that.


October 11: Joe. Ryan destroyed.


October 16: The second debate.

“Get the transcript.”

Debate won.


The ‘Champion’ speech.



October 22: The third debate.

“Horses and bayonets.”

Debate won.


October 31: New Jersey.

Cold, aloof, detached, uncaring ….  all the usual smears destroyed with a single image.


November 5: Columbus, Ohio,

There was just something about Ohio that night, it was so alive  ….. you got the feeling: all would be well.


And an 11th …. the most important of all ….the determination to VOTE: despite GOP efforts to suppress the people’s voice:


So, what were your steps to victory?

107 Responses to “Ten Steps to Victory: Yours?”

  1. 7 isonprize
    November 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Ten steps? huh, I only needed one — The ability to press the space next to “Barack Obama” for President of the United States of America.

  2. 10 Martha
    November 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    1. POTUS convention speech
    2. Romney taxes
    3. 47 video
    4. First Lady speech
    5. 2 and 3 debate
    6. Biden
    7. Clinton
    8. Romney as a candidate
    9. Loyal supporter
    10. The Obama diary

  3. 11 amk for obama
    November 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    1. Just frigging vote.

  4. 13 squarepeg
    November 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    My steps to victory: worry, worry, then worry some more.

  5. 14 forus50
    November 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I would say two others: Bain ads in swing states and OFA everything: Gotv and massive registration drives all year long.

  6. 15 Asher in Boston
    November 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Hahaha, dont remind me about the horses and bayonets. When i heard that, I was on my feet cheering and egging him on. That loser mitt was put in his place that night.

  7. 16 vcprezofan2
    November 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Ah ha, I see Chips Chica is doing ‘memory lane’ tonight too! Suweet! I love memory lane vids. We have such wonderfully, upbeat memories, don’t we? The Repubs and their allies can delude themselves all they want, IMO Dems had the better candidate, the better plans for the country, the better PEOPLE, the better everything, plain and simple.

  8. 17 Obama Grandmama
    November 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I also think the Obama campaign work in showing Romney as the 1% not caring about the middle class. They also showed that his Bain experience involved Outsourcing American jobs along with his keeping his money elsewhere to avoid taxes. Doing those things early and planting it in the voters mind helped the voters recognize the truth when the 47% tape came out. Ditto with the rest of it. I’d also like to think our making sure all the people we knew were voting and explaining the difference in the candidates plans helped. TOD kept us up on all the issues, plans and arguments we needed to know.

    • November 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

      I agree, OG. The president’s campaign defined Romney early on and it stuck. Then every knuckleheaded remark Romney made and every insensitive thing he did from then on fit into the context of that definition of him. He wasn’t an “astute” businessman, he was a vulture capitalist with contempt for the middle class.

    • November 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

      I think it’s interesting how every pundit/commentator/whatever talks about this as though it’s something the Obama campaign made up and then made stick. As if they said, “Let’s see; what can we think up that will damage him the most in the eyes of the people?” When, of course, the reality is that that IS who Romney was and the reason it worked so well is because it was TRUE and it was reinforced by everything Romney said and did. Whereas the lies against President Obama didn’t work nearly as well because his action and words showed the TRUTH about him.

  9. 20 Asher in Boston
    November 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    That’s why I shall forever be indebted to the right minded thinking Americans who braved those loooooooooong lines to vote for our Potus again. I just couldnt phantom those two mean, lying entiled scumbags as Prez. and VPrez. I pinch myself like twice a day for it to sink in, that we pulled it off after all the shenanigans by the repugs.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      November 24, 2012 at 7:55 am

      When you think about what some people endured to vote, Asher, waiting eight hours in line in some cases, in was the biggest “in your fact” defiance of the GOP in history. I saw it on our local level, as people who normally do not vote, braved anything to get out there and make their voices heard on election day. The American people were heroes on November 6 and sent the loudest possible message to vote suppressors: Don’t Mess with Me.

  10. 22 susanne
    November 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    great post, chips. thanks for these wonderful moments–seeing them now, after the election, a new quality shines through. we always knew pbo is the only one, the only possible one to be president right now. much of the lead up to the election was getting together to share that sure knowledge.

    and congrats on first, martha!

  11. November 24, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Exceptionally well done, Chips!

    Would add one exceptional strategic decision by the President and Messina and three items that evidence their tactical skills in defining #BainMitt, brilliantly

    Messina taking Spielberg’s advice to ‘blow up’ the campaign, particularly regarding the IT team he assembled was crucial to the victory, for countless reasons.

    “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”

    “Stage” (and other brilliant characterizations of #BainMitt, fully leveraging the bonanza of the GOP primaries to define him as alien to not just the 47% but the 98%)

    The extraordinary gifts of “Jeep” and “Sensata” and the miraculous timing of those gifts

    #TrustBarack He’s Earned It

  12. November 24, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Everyone here knows that I hope the President will select Ambassador Rice for SOS. Would also like to share my hope for the next Treasury Secretary …. 🙂


    • 25 99ts
      November 24, 2012 at 12:58 am

      I don’t understand who why or what of your political appointments Bob – but would it be possible to appoint Paul Krugman to a position in the economic sphere. He speaks, writes, teaches everything I ever believed in my economic studies.

      • November 24, 2012 at 2:45 am

        Professor Krugman is a highly skilled academic economist, fine writer and is certainly empathetic with the plight of the poor and essential need for a strong middle class. He is not a skilled legislator, has no practical experience in dealing with the financial/banking industry from a regulatory perspective and tends to be more about himself and less about actual service to the American people. Rep Frank is not a Nobelist economy expert, but he’s earned all the credentials that would make him a strong ally with the President in dealing with tax code reform, mortgage reform, expansion of consumer protections, …., and he knows the legislative process and every player in Congress, comprehensively. Thus, my little suggestion to the President.

        Thank you!


        • 27 99ts
          November 24, 2012 at 5:24 am

          Thanks Bob, appreciate your reply & knowledge

          • 28 Left-Indie
            November 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

            Agree, but there will be a big fight to confirm him as Wall Street will oppose his selection. They’re already doing a pre-strike against Warren talking a seat at Banking Committee. I hope we all voice support for Warren on this committee. Time to grab wall street boys by the balls, and squeeze a little. Or a lot.

  13. 29 nathkatun7
    November 24, 2012 at 12:06 am

    My steps to victory: Step 1. The President’s historical record of achievements during his first term. Step 2. My absolute faith in my (our) President and his ability to campaign effectively against his opponents . Step 3. Absolute faith and respect for the professionals and volunteers powering the Obama campaign. Step 4. The increasing influence of social media –especially twitter. I have no empirical data to prove my contentions, but I am absolutely convinced that the aggressive twitter campaign, led by TOD twitter warriors, effectively exposed and blunted the MSM hostility against the President.

  14. November 24, 2012 at 12:13 am

    “Please proceed Governor” heh heh heh

  15. 31 vcprezofan2
    November 24, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Ten 11 Steps to Victory?

    1-11 = Walking (& working) WITH President Obama & his team

  16. 32 vcprezofan2
    November 24, 2012 at 12:20 am

    The consistency of the President was one of the steps on the road to victory. I notice this memory lane video highlights some of the elements of his leadership style that dates ‘way back’.

  17. November 24, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Ten steps to victory –
    Start with the best candidate: intelligent, honest, hard working, caring
    Add an agenda for the future that will improve the lives of all Americans
    Add a foreign policy that promises security, partnership and peace
    Add determination and the courage to do the right thing even if it is hard
    Add civility and democratic principles
    Add curiosity and imagination
    Add generosity and appreciation of the gifts and contributions of others
    Add love of family and a zest for living
    Add a deep understanding of history and of the path to a more perfect union
    And finally add a smile that lights up the faces of all the world’s people.

    And the winner: our beloved President and all of us who stand with him.

    • November 24, 2012 at 1:02 am

      I agree hgerhard but this could have been stolen from us. Bravo to the people who stood 8-10 hours to vote, some who coded , broke their legs and almost gave birth at a polling center. Most importantly to Chips for keeping us sane with this blog.

      • 35 Chi
        November 24, 2012 at 4:44 am

        Absolutely spot on…

      • November 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

        The right to vote is absolutely fundamental in any democracy. The ridiculously long lines were the result of deliberate obstruction and voter suppression. We need to address this and insist on our rights. The President made it clear: we need to fix that. But voting is also a citizen’s duty in a functioning democracy. The most important office is that of citizen and it does not end at the ballot box. We need to work diligently to make sure that voting is encouraged and facilitated. We should never accept voting as a hardship. Any elected official who engages in voter suppression should be removed from office.

  18. 38 vcprezofan2
    November 24, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Two hawt (borrowing Utal’s favourite word) guys having a serious conversation. Oh, and a wife!

    • 39 nathkatun7
      November 24, 2012 at 1:57 am

      Thanks VC for sharing Will Smith’s interview of Pres. Obama. This is the first time I’ve seen it. Once again, we see President Obama at his best. I don’t care what any one else says, but the Nobel Committee was right in awarding the President a peace Prize. This clip clearly shows man dedicated to peace and to bringing cooperation and respect among all the peoples of the world.

      • 40 Chi
        November 24, 2012 at 4:09 am

        Absolutely spot on Nath…

        He was always incredibly deserving of the Nobel Peace prize and it continues to show in his every word and deed…

        He is a truly great man and America and the world is extremely fortunate to have him at the helm…

        • 41 vcprezofan2
          November 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

          Hi Chi & Nath: It is Pres. Obama’s constancy that always thrills me when I wander down memory lane with him. Well, that plus his mind, his composure, his…….. his….his barackness! 😆 😆 Although I have seen most of these videos before I’m always touched anew when I watch them again, and marvel that *I* could be so fortunate to be alive at the same time he is modeling all that he is modeling. At times like these I often say that I wish he had been there when I was starting out on adulthood, but I probably would not have been smart enough then to appreciate him in the same way I do now. I consider myself blessed, I do.

          • 42 Chi
            November 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

            … It is Pres. Obama’s constancy that always thrills me when I wander down memory lane with him. Well, that plus his mind, his composure…

            So true…

  19. 43 Eveingeorgia
    November 24, 2012 at 12:37 am

    This walk down memory lane is so good. Somebody said it earlier, “I’m still pinching myself…” I am too. Far too many times I feared it would not happen again. I did not fear all the money piling up against him; I feared the racism, wondered whether there were enough whites to carry him over the top.

    There were, plus some. I feel more hopeful for the future of us darker skinned folk. TOD and Chips have lifted my spirits on many a day. This is truly a rainbow community- the entire country could learn a lot about tolerance, inclusion, forgiveness, fun and how beautiful the world could be just by spending a few days at this delightful, healing place.

    Thanks guys, and let’s gear up and get ready for the next four years. We are going to need each other, and he is going to need us as we go FORWARD.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      November 24, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Eve, I loved your line about the entire country ” learning about tolerance, inclusion, forgiveness, fun and how beautiful the world is by spending a few days” at TOD. So true and so clearly the reason why coming here each day gave all of us the courage, inspiration and information we needed to keep on fighting during the long campaign months. Well said.

      • 45 Eveingeorgia
        November 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

        Thanks, JackieG, and I’m glad to have met you here. I love reading your comments and so many others’.

  20. 46 99ts
    November 24, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Nominating Senator Barack Obama in 2008 was the No 1 step to victory in the last two elections. As Jim Messina said on the Politico breakfast – “We won this election because of Barack Obama, …. because of his message, because of the campaign he built, and because they (his supporters) were making a philosophical choice about where they wanted the country to go.”

    I believe Ann Romney also played a part – down at No 10 – in the election of PBO – “You people have seen all that we will give you” and “it’s our turn” got many people out to vote – so “you people” and not Ann Romney decided who had the next “turn” in the white house.

    • 47 vcprezofan2
      November 24, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Though I had almost completely forgotten AnnD, 99ts, I confess you have a point re her contribution. 😉 I’m amazed at how quickly I’ve erased both Mitt and AnnD from my mind until someone mentions them. Even McCain and his sidekick took longer to be erased! Mitt really had no substance.

      • 48 99ts
        November 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

        Much as I wish I didn’t, I have inherited my father’s memory of those who would do him harm, there are not many people, but there are a few whose rhetoric was so biased and so wrong – and at times so stupid, they cannot be forgotten – lest we have them sneaking by the back door for another chance.

        It is quite delightful that the internets can take the place of my father’s memory & the stupid will always be there for all to see.

        • 49 vcprezofan2
          November 24, 2012 at 1:16 am

          ‘It is quite delightful that the internets can take the place of my father’s memory & the stupid will always be there for all to see.’ 😆

          It’s also quite delightful that the GOP still seem unaware of this 21st century truth.

          • 50 99ts
            November 24, 2012 at 2:25 am

            I do wonder that they can be so technology limited for so long – but ours is not to reason why …

            • 51 vcprezofan2
              November 24, 2012 at 9:59 am

              ours is not to reason why … 😉 😉

              IMO though their main problem is that they are not ONLY technologically limited…..

        • 52 Chi
          November 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

          Like you 99ts, I too inherited my father’s keen memory but sadly not his patience, magnanimity and forgiving heart…

          There are so many people I’ll never forgive or forget their horridness these past 4+ years…

          I cannot also let anyone (not even Jim Messina) attempt to recast Jon Huntsman as some decent, knowledgable, “man of integrity” who was somehow “too decent, too sane, too moderate” to compete and win the Republican nomination – the only thing that stopped him to hear them all tell it, from being that “dangerously formidable opponent” to President Obama in this 2012 election cycle…

          I call rubbish on this entire contention…

          Jon Huntsman is really no different from Mitt Romney and is actually much worse, more craven and more entitled, but infinitely lazier…

          Where Mitt Romney actually has a reputation for hard work – albeit work that has in many instances wrought destruction on too many simply to enrich too few – Jon Huntsman is well-known for not only being incredibly lazy, petty and spiteful, but perpetually self-serving and swimming in his own delusions of grandeur and only just because…

          Jon Huntsman a terribly contrived, bland, phony and unremarkable man who has had everything handed to him and hasn’t had to work for much and has relied and still continues to rely entirely on his wealthy father buying him his passage through life and so many second and third chances – @ school, stints in the Bush administration, the Utah governorship, stabs (literal and metaphorical) at the presidency etc…

          Jon Huntsman is as much a “foreign policy wonk” as Paul Ryan is a “budget/policy wonk”…

          There is absolutely nothing this marginally average person has done, even with all the advantages bestowed on him by virtue of his father’s wealth and consequent access, that has earned him any of the respect or this push in recent years to crown him as smart, competent, honorable, deserving or knowleageable…

          He is weasly and slimy in the most glaring of ways, has no integrity and clearly lacks foresight, savvy and discernment as is rather obvious in his juvenile embrace of attempts to elevate him by those looking to spite President Obama…

          Anyone prone to falling that quickly for easily refutable and undeserved accolades and flattery and buying into his own ridiculous hype, cannot be entrusted with any position that finds him making decisions on behalf of our nation and the world, especially one in which a leader must rely on his gut feeling or make a moral judgement call…

          A man of integrity does not abandon his governorship within months of winning re-election to go take up a post as Ambassador to China strictly to build up his “foreign policy bona fides” only to in turn abandon the post within a year and a half to run against the man who appointed him – the President, his boss…

          Even more important, no man of integrity plays public russian roulette with orphan babies to make a point or two…

          Tackily announcing without being prompted, publicizing, shamelessly advertising and endlessly pushing in such obviously contrived manner, something as personal as adopting children: first a little Chinese girl (in time to do family business in China a few years before) and just in time for his presidential run, a little Indian baby…

          Exploiting these little children for political advantage in much the same contrived way he quickly enrolled and shipped out his two sons to the military…

          One could tell how terribly disappointed Jon Huntsman was when his attempts at looking benevolent by constantly pushing the adopted kids failed to catch on…

          Honest, responsible adoptive parents tend to shy away from such public wielding of their adopted children, preferring to shield and protect them as much as possible from publicity that serves no real purpose for the children…

          And please spare me this exaggeration about his ‘foreign policy’ ability simply because he learnt chinese in Taiwan on the same Mormon mission type adventure Romney undertook in learning french while in France…

          Being bi-lingual has always impressed Americans in much the same ridiculously embarrassing way as having discernibly non-American accents has fascinated them…

          And attributing the ability to speak other languages as an important ‘qualification’ to higher office would only mean that at least a third of Americans should be appointed to higher office simply on this basis…

          In very much the same way as fluency in chinese would be an asset in dealing with the broad foreign policy challenges we face in the Middle East, Europe and Africa…

          Huntsman’s only tangible accomplishment in his brief stint as Ambassador to China being to use this impressive office to re-introduce his family business to the Chinese market especially as it had not being doing terribly well in China previously…

          Favors done for an American ambassador especially ones that yield any sort of personal long and short term financial rewards, have been often wielded as a savvy way to gain access by the political and business elite in many foreign countries – and never really a good thing…

          As I watch and listen to the same folks ‘moderate right-wing’ and ‘liberal/progressive’ pundits alike now gushing so loudly in their high praise for Jon Huntsman, I stop and wonder what many of these same folks might have had to say about this guy Huntsman, had he prematurely quit an appointment given him by Bill Clinton, George Bush, or even Hillary Clinton to run against any of these 3 for their boss job…

          I suspect the story would be told very differently and the now familiar double standards would once again kick in to ensure that the Huntsman lout would be sent to permanent coventry never to be heard from again, let alone bask in the many positive narratives about how he might have been a “sensible, formidable and worthy” Republican nominee and opponent…

          No surprise still that it is the same noisy agenda-driven pundits gushing and revising the Jon Huntsman story, who are also trying to force-feed President Obama and the American people all manner of dubious folks as *their* choice and ‘recommendation’ in the ‘spirit of bi-partisanship’ and what’s ‘best’ for our country, for some of the most important cabinet positions that ultimately define and potentially undermine the administration and legacy of any President…

          I refuse to let the noisy agenda-driven pundits dismiss, trivialize or steal the glorious victory and history President Obama has pulled off and continues to build on even in the face of unprecedented obstruction and hostility…

          The mindless chatter and attempts at distracting from the greatness of this intrinsically decent and brilliant President simply won’t work…

          Too many of us are all the wiser and so much smarter and savvier for their shenanigans these past several years…

          • 53 jackiegrumbacher
            November 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

            Chi, I agree with you. I think Messina was jerking our chain and playing some double game here. Friends who worked in the Chicago campaign office say Mike Hucklebee was thought to have been the more formidable candidate, so it’s really all a fake being played. In addition to all the sleazy qualities you mentioned, Jon Huntsman has one insurmountable flaw–he is utterly charisma challenged, as dull as dishwater and less interesting than mud. Any opponent with a spark of life would make mincemeat out of Huntsman and Barack Obama would have made him invisible if they appeared on the same stage together. Huntsman might have had a slightly less repellent gloss than Romney, but he’s still a stick and, speaking as a women, has about as much sex appeal as a dried orange peel.

            • 54 99ts
              November 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

              Sorry – my upside down time leaves me late to the game – when I heard Messina – he did not appear to want to select anyone from among the GOP contenders – as an outsider I was of the opinion that Huntsman and Romney were the sanest possibilities. I knew little of Huntsman but always wondered why he took on the China job if he had no intention of staying.

              Chi – if you see this – I appreciate your insight & agree entirely that I am sick of the agenda-driven pundits suggesting their opinions should be considered by the President & his team – 2 days after the election, together with the GOP they were back to giving advice.

              • 55 Chi
                November 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

                Thank you so much Jackie and 99ts…
                I didn’t mean to take up so much space with my post, but only realized how long it was after it posted…

                It is important that we really push back hard on attempts by the media and pundits to feed gullible and unsuspecting Americans who haven’t been paying attention, a steady diet of lies and even worse, sell terrible people as honorable statesmen…

    • 56 HZ
      November 24, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Mine were many, but these kept me steady through this journey: The Man; The Message; and His Moral Compass.

      His is who he is and will always be that Man.

      His Message was of and for the People he cares so much about and is fighting so hard for.

      His Moral Compass always stays steady.

      I am so grateful. I had complete peace, and I expressed that to my brother, my best friend, and my family and other friends. Complete peace. That was my Rock Daily in my prayer, quiet times, and meditation times.HZ

      • 57 susanne
        November 24, 2012 at 1:17 am

        thank you hz–that was beautiful and so true. our prayers for the country, for the president, for our troops, for each other–all this goodness and generosity and courage rose up together.

        vc and 99 mentioned miss ann, and how people were shocked out of their complacency by the evil and greed and self-absorption of the rethug candidates. yes, that happened. the assumption that it was ‘their turn’ was a shock–it was so wrong, it was so clearly the opposite of the truth, that it mobilized opposition. people who would have been meh got mad.

        because it is so manifestly barack obama’s turn. it is his time, this is his moment in history. our prayers were our affirmation of that truth.

        • 58 99ts
          November 24, 2012 at 2:30 am

          susanne – you and HG have it covered – “this is so his moment in history” – he earned it, he warrants it, history will always know of the good he does – the meh indeed decided the path to recovery was always with Barack Obama.

        • November 24, 2012 at 2:53 am

          “…. the assumption that it was ‘their turn’ was a shock–it was so wrong, it was so clearly the opposite of the truth, that it mobilized opposition. people who would have been meh got mad.”

          People who would have been meh got mad. < That, Susanne, is a brilliant summary of exactly what happened.

          Thank you!!!

        • 60 CEB
          November 24, 2012 at 7:40 am

          The comment that inflamed me the most was when Diane Sawyer asked Willard if he had a message for the president, the SOB smirked and said “start packing.” I did not need any other thing to light my fire because I have been all in from the get go, but it woke some people up from complacency and made them even more determined to make sure that these awful people never came close to the White House. I did not feel a moment of pity for him and his lying, entitled crew when they were so shell-shocked and dismayed by their crushing defeat because that comment summed up his contempt, his sense of entitlement, his lack of graciousness and professionalism (PBO would have turned aside the question with something like “It is for the American people to make their voices heard in this issue.”), his arrogance and his stupidity.

          • 62 Vicki Green
            November 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

            That was the most upsetting moment for me, too. I’m not sure why that bothered me as much as it did but it definitely turned my previous desire to re-elect PBO into a dual desire of making Mitt lose as well.
            I get that the two things are simultaneous but until that moment I had focused only on The President winning.
            After that remark I was eager for Willard to lose.

      • November 24, 2012 at 2:49 am

        “His Moral Compass always stays steady.”

        In_DEED, HZ, indeed!!!

        And, the whole world recognizes it – including those who fear and hate him because it is so true. Thus, as FDR noted …

        … so is the case for our President Obama.

        #TrustBarack He’s Earned It

  21. November 24, 2012 at 1:08 am

  22. 66 vcprezofan2
    November 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Okay, my eyes are actually closing down, so g’bye. Have a good day/night those of you who are still here!

    • 67 susanne
      November 24, 2012 at 1:37 am

      sweet sleep for you, vc~

      • 68 vcprezofan2
        November 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

        Hello over there, Susanne! Sleep was good (for me), but ‘spoiled’ when I got up this morning AND looked outside. Would you mind much if I accepted your invitation to Hawaii TODAY and ignore the snow and shoveling outside my door? I’ll only stay until April or so when the snow is aaaalmost sure to be gone….if climate change doesn’t muck things up further.

        • 69 susanne
          November 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

          beautiful hawaii morning to you vc! you just come anytime– today, the skies are blue with some puffy clouds, the sun is warming to about 80, the light rain we had last night made all the flowers bloom, the butterflies and bumble bees are lazily enjoying buckets of nectar, the birds are singing and splashing in the bird bath…. you get the picture. just let that vision relax your mind, and you’ll get here sooner! aloha oe~

          • 70 vcprezofan2
            November 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

            Ah. Ouch! Stop. You’re hurting me. Ouch. Susanne, you are painting too lovely a picture that’s hard to wrap my mind around on Nov. 24th. There’s just no balance in this world!

            💡 How about we trade places for the winter months so that you can have the full experience of sunlight (yes, the sun’s come out) glinting on this lovely white powder lying beautifully on the lawns, trees sparkling with tiny white stars nestling lightly on their limbs, and driveways layered in white – a canvass on which car wheels can create pretty patterns. Underneath and surrounding all this there’s a lovely, playful wind that sometimes stirs a handful of the powder your way, inviting you to join in play. A deep breath, and you are invigorated by a sharp, cold, refreshing feeling, This is an experience I think worth having and one you would enjoy and value ever after. The more I think of it as I type, the more a trade seems like an ideal way to broaden both our horizons. How about it? aloha oe~ to you too

  23. November 24, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Just like clockwork the Emoprogs are out in full force. Fromm GG to Dailykos denizens launching attacks on Pres Obama even before we have hear the outline of the fiscal slope discussions. I will have to quit again cuz I don’t have the stomach yet again for more left-wing bile spewingg.

    Se3ems these whinepots have not forgotten the lessons of 2010

  24. 74 utaustinliberal
    November 24, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Steps to victory: Barack Obama putting his name forward, Barack Obama running on his ideas and inspiring the world, Barack Obama running for the second time on his record of accomplishments and a second term agenda and inspiring the world again and Barack Obama having the best political team in history.

    p.s. The 47% moment in the second debate was the equivalent of Pres. Obama dropping the mic, brushing the dirt off his shoulder, and walking off with super duper badass swag.

    p.p.s. If I had to choose from Chipsticks’s list, then, in the order of how they happened: First Lady Michelle Obama’s DNC speech, Bill Clinton’s DNC speech, VP Biden mopping the floor with Paul Ryan and repeatedly calling him “Congressman Ryan”, the “act of terror” moment during the second debate, the “fewer horses and bayonets” moment in the third debate and Romney agreeing with everything Pres. Obama said because he (Romney) had no original ideas of his own and finally, the amazing voters who stood in long lines because they would not bow down to the vile voter suppression tactics of the GOP.

  25. November 24, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Steps to victory: Chips, I will take all of yours +1. The 1 being the last and final stop of the campaign, which was in Iowa. So much emotion and reflection on the whole historical journey. Victory was in hand.

    • 76 coop10
      November 24, 2012 at 7:25 am

      That Iowa speech did it for me too. It was the president’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, with the next day’s outcome historical, but in this case positive and uplifting.

  26. 78 Nena20409
    November 24, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Truth, Facts, Arithmetic, Authenticity and when all is said and done, 67, 924, 682 votes said…… FORWARD, America!

  27. 83 Nena20409
    November 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

    My biggest surprise: Neil Diamond pictured….. volunteering and making phone calls for pres Obama’s re-election. From that day, I am, I said was my second song for this election. My First was We Take Care of Our Own…….The boss…..Bruce and his story telling at the rallies.

  28. 84 coop10
    November 24, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Nate Silver for keeping me calm.
    The Obama “nerds,” the data crunchers who steered the campaign to victory
    Ride-ta-die Joe Biden
    Big Bill Clinton
    The Democratic Convention
    The president’s Obama speech
    The Obama Diary
    We the people who stood in line regardless of any inconvenience, undeterred because we were standing on the shoulders of the freedom fighters of the past to ensure our future freedom. We rocked!

  29. 85 nospin
    November 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

    10 Steps to Victory

    1. Identify a qualified candidate with overall goals and policies I could support
    2. Focus on helping to communicate those goals/policies to other people to get them on board with being committed to sharing the message.
    3. Ensure those policy positions and actual achievements made its way into the broader discourse outside of our own groups
    4. Identify misinformation and push back with facts
    5. Shut down detractors within the core group of supporters to ensure that it did not bring down the team and cause fracture within the base and take away time and energy from the goal of winning.
    6. Engage with people who were not traditionally supporters of the democratic party or this President and have conversations that would lead them to question what was in their own best interest. You can’t reach all but you could certainly get some.
    7. Push back against the media messaging by providing facts as counter arguments against blatant propaganda. Reduce their talking points to something that only deserves laughter, ridicule or at minimum a raised eyebrow.
    8. Leverage TOD and What is Working’s website to allow everyday folks to get out the message via local and national media
    9. Donate, Donate, Donate
    10. VOTE

    • 86 forus50
      November 24, 2012 at 8:39 am

      One more step was the sick war on women’s rights and the resulting involvement of women in volunteering and voting. Example was in one canvas in Milwaukee I spoke to two white over fifty women in a low income area who I signed up to vote who had never voted before and didn’t follow politics. They were pissed off enough at the GOP war on women. Clearly neither were in any likely voter screen. So the Aiken “shut it down” ignorant rape comment was an awakening and motivating moment in the campaign.

    • 87 whatisworking
      November 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      How nice of you to mention my website, I stand ready to update and expand to meet the needs of this blog and our beloved President.

  30. 88 Byo
    November 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

    My steps to victory?, in red-Virginia- Waynesboro/Fishersville-

    Start giving monthly financial contributions to campaign from May;
    Registering new voters from June;
    phone-banking starting in June;
    took the 2 weeks before election off work to work full-time on campaign everyday;
    knocking on doors beginning in July until Nov 6(mostly on weekends, and some weekdays);
    watch the debates;
    celebrate on Nov 6 ;
    woke up with hang-over, and body aches on Nov 7.

    And still grinning ear to ear up to now.

  31. 89 donna dem 4 obama
    November 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

    All of the above!!

  32. November 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Red Tails is the Hbo movie Tonite. You all would Like it, very much so.
    Good morning.

  33. 91 CEB
    November 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

    1. We had a superior product; the awesome PBO
    2. We were fired up and worked our hearts out of love our country and its citizens (even those who would vote against their own self-interest) and the world.
    3. The election was personal for us.
    4. We understood our own power to be the “ones that we were waiting for.”
    5. Those who were counted out and not counted by the opposition ( young voters from 18-29 and A A voters) came out in record-breaking numbers to vote for PBO.
    6. The truth was told and the lies were fought.
    7. God, providence, fate, the universe (whatever you preferred nomenclature) blessed our efforts.
    8. Use of technology in original and awe-inspiring ways (Nerds rule).
    9. Strong surrogates.
    10. The prayer warriors here and abroad.

    PS. No particular order to my list; just wrote ideas as they occurred to me.

    Side note: I am more emotional about this win than i am about the first one. PBO is a proven leader, even beyond what so many hoped for, and we did not allow him to be as Gov. Patrick said “bullied out of office” nor did we allow ourselves to be hoodwinked ( and I mean all of the connotations that are attached to this word). I am thankful, grateful, proud, relieved, and inspired. We are living in and making history.

  34. 95 sherijr
    November 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

    wow I love your Victory steps Chips… and all the wonderful memories everyone shared here. For me it was simply “That One” & “We The People” = an unbeatable combination… neither the repubs nor the media ever got it. I am so so grateful daily for everything everyone did to keep our President right where he belongs~

  35. 96 vcprezofan2
    November 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Morning TODville. How are you all? (Please note that today’s greeting is in a very lugubrious tone, not at all that of my recent bouncing, bubbly entrances here.) 😕

    Just last night I was bragging talking about how wonderful the weather has been here, almost hinting that it was not far from bikini/mankini weather, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you felt a tad jealous. Well, today is such a totally different story it has taken me much more than an hour to drag myself on line after looking out the window and silently reflecting that the ‘old folk’ were right again – don’t show off. Would you believe that the ground is covered in snow and there is MORE falling?!! 😯 And it looks like the wet kind, which is heavier to shovel!!! This is such harsh payback for the ONE time I bragged a little bit about our November weather here, don’t you think? /wonder if the local garage has time to fit me in to have my snow tires mounted and balanced?/

    Enjoy YOUR Saturday, TODobots!

  36. 98 EDP4BHO
    November 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Allow me to list one step to victory I thought very instrumental. The first debate. While so many criticized PBO’s “performance” with his more subdued manner, I love how the media ran with the meme of his losing his mojo, and the public followed suit. Subsequently, PBO remained calm over all the hoopla, and I contend that he held ground because there was an egomaniac on the loose who up and down disrespected the office of the presidency, with his needless confrontational attitude. This in turn convinced the idiot he had it all sewn up, only to be shaken to the core with debates 2 and 3, and in turn, PBO’s supporters were more energized as a result. Whether a plan, or just the way the stars were aligned, PBO set the stage with his declaration that things were going to be different henceforth, after debate number 1. It was a thing of beauty to watch and once again reminded us all not to doubt the man we selected and elected. Trust.

  37. 99 utaustinliberal
    November 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    This is awesome.

  38. 102 desertflower
    November 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Good morning:) Been reading and lurking about! Had company visiting yesterday so I wasn’t around much…but I agree with all these comments. I have nothing else to add. PBO’s accomplishments could not be ignored, and ordinary people wake up to the fact that THEY had control. Not money, not pundits, not the candidates themselves…what was it that PBO said? In that last speech in Iowa..he said that this was all out of his hands, that the people had the power to decide and they would speak. WE had the power to decide…and we did. Boy, did we ever! The anti worker, anti woman, anti gay, anti senior citizen, anti student, anti poor,anti everything not rich and white….woke America up from her slumber with a message that made them all say: “I’m mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!”

    We chose hope and change, again. We chose empowerment over serfdom,and chose equality and fairness over oppression and discrimination. We chose the man with the vision that said that he believed and trusted US! Who in their right mind WOULDN’T vote for that man?!

  39. November 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I’ll wade into this one even though y’all have moved on to another thread.
    1. Voter registration (we needed every one of those votes in Florida)
    2. Get Out The Vote (superior operation that capitalized on moving sporadic voters to early vote)
    3. Stay on message (every single surrogate amplified the President’s message)
    4. Donation model (average donation was $47…all money that OFA could control)
    5. Fighting back (having the money to do so, but the rapid response was relentless)
    6. Define opponent early (this is election 101…done masterfully with the ‘Stage’ ad)
    7. Swing State focus (this was not a 50 state strategy this time even though there were staff in every state)
    8. Keep IT inhouse (outsourcing IT is a recipe for disaster)
    9. Start early (this worked in both elections)
    10. 1-9 are worthless without a great candidate who inspires loyalty and commitment to the cause.

    • November 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Agree x 1,000,000 with #10. #7 also made me think that after ’08 people were upset that the Howard Dean 50 State Model was sort of dismantled. Turns out it was a good think because this election called for something entirely different and technology had improved so much.

    • 105 susanne
      November 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      excellent list, tien le. and number 10 is really number one!

    • 106 FiredUpInCA
      November 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      – 4. Donation model (average donation was $47…all money that OFA could control)

      The number 47 and Willard meet again.

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