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President Obama delivers remarks at service for Tom Foley

3:0 EDT: President Obama delivers remarks at a memorial service for former Speaker Tom Foley


172 Responses to “President Obama delivers remarks at service for Tom Foley”


  1. October 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    The implosion of the GOP brand, in one more chart
    By Greg Sargent

    October 29 at 2:09 pm

    With Democrat Terry McAuliffe taking a double digit lead in the Virginia gubernatorial contest, leading observers are increasingly looking at Virginia as an indicator of national political trends.

    New Washington Post/SRBI polling in Virginia, which puts McAuliffe up 51-39, also demonstrates very clearly the dangers these trends pose to Republicans.

    The crack Post polling team has produced a chart based on this poll that shows the GOP brand has collapsed among the very constituencies Republicans must improve their standing among in order to remain competitive in the future, both in Virginia and at the national level:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/10/29/the-implosion-of-the-gop-brand-in-one-more-chart/

    • October 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      It’s almost astonishing how poorly the Republicans are doing in Virginia. When I first moved to this country, I would joke with my friends about how Republican Virginia used to be. Things surely have changed. It’s pretty much a blue state.

  2. October 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Tell him, Harry.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) office responded on Tuesday to Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) comment on Monday in which he called Reid an “absolute a–hole.”

    “Nothing says ‘comity’ like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career,” Reid’s spokesman Adam Jentleson told the Hill.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/reid-slams-coburn-for-not-sponsoring-bipartisan-legislation-after-a-hole-comment

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Harry for the win.

    • 11 Nena20409
      October 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Kaboooooom ❗

    • 12 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Thought I’d add to your getting that quote out …

      • 13 jacquelineoboomer
        October 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        I find it obnoxious that Coburn and, I think, others use their civilian credentials as part of their Senate I.D.

        That’s like Boehner’s using “Dogcatcher” as part of his House I.D.

    • 14 Linda
      October 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Remember this from January of 2009 ? It was BEFORE PBO was sworn in.

      The Senate conducted its first vote of the 111th Congress –- on a Sunday no less -– and overrode the objections of Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, to push forward a public lands bill.

      On a vote of 66-12, the Senate agreed to take up a package of 160 different bills joined under an umbrella measure. The package has been dubbed a Tomnibus since the whole idea is to merge multiple proposals opposed by Mr. Coburn -– a physician known in the Senate as Dr. No. — and win passage all at once. Fifty-nine votes was the threshold.

      The bill, which faces more debate and possible approval later this week, sets aside 200 million acres for public wilderness in nine states. It adds more than 1,000 miles to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and 2,800 miles of new trails to the federal system.

    • 15 Linda
      October 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Remember this from January of 2009 ? It was BEFORE PBO was sworn in.

      The Senate conducted its first vote of the 111th Congress –- on a Sunday no less -– and overrode the objections of Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, to push forward a public lands bill.

      On a vote of 66-12, the Senate agreed to take up a package of 160 different bills joined under an umbrella measure. The package has been dubbed a Tomnibus since the whole idea is to merge multiple proposals opposed by Mr. Coburn -– a physician known in the Senate as Dr. No. — and win passage all at once. Fifty-nine votes was the threshold.

      http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/on-a-sunday-the-senate-votes-yes-on-a-lands-bill/?_r=0

      The bill, which faces more debate and possible approval later this week, sets aside 200 million acres for public wilderness in nine states. It adds more than 1,000 miles to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and 2,800 miles of new trails to the federal system.

    • 17 Ladyhawke
      October 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      What an absolutely glorious response.

  3. 18 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks Willowood for bringing this story to TOD.

  4. 19 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

  5. October 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    OY, twitter is rolling out new stuff……..glitchy

  6. October 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Why are none of the big guns, POTUS,VPOTUS, FLOTUS, CLINTONS not campaigning for Buono but are for McCauliffe?

    • October 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Reality.

      Buono is 33 points down.

      MSM promotes and cheerleads for Christie. They would have another reason to baselessly attack this administration if VP or POTUS got involved.

      Always wise to choose your battles, and this would not be a wise battle to enter into with voting less than a week away.

    • October 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      I feel bad for NJ that the national media has taken such a fancy to Christie.

      It’s unfortunate that Buono cannot get her story heard. She has a compelling life-story.

      I liked her appearance on @Lawrence in March. MSNBC has totally screwed up their Oct 15 website re-launch. Now I get zero hits on a search for “Barbara Buono” on @Lawrence’s homepage. Alas, before Oct 15 I could find that interview with @Lawrence.

      • October 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm

        Just so you are aware – MSNBC is one of Christie’s BIGGEST media cheerleaders. I will NEVER forget the time when they gave him an entire hour of undeserved air time just to “announce” that he was not running for President in 2012….

        MSNBC spends hours upon hours condemning PBO on a variety of GOP-contrived issues such as NSA, ACA website, etc, but will not even touch upon the fact that Christie has defunded the NJ public school system, laid off hard-working teachers, is anti-gay, anti-immigrant, etc and most of all is a Koch puppet.

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Diane – I’ve been thinking the same thing. Could be lots of reasons – I don’t really know anything about her, but maybe she’s not such a good candidate? (I only saw her in a couple of interviews and during one debate, and she seemed to hold her own quite well.) I’d rather have Buono than Christie, but I don’t live in NJ at present or I’d surely vote for her.

      • 27 japa21
        October 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

        It is really simple. Buono, unfortunately, doesn’t have a chance of winning. If POTUS and others campaigned for her, the media would ignore the VA results and talk about how NJ voters were really repudiating PBO. Yes, if he campaigned for her, it might close the gap a little, but even if she lost by 1% the story wouldn’t be how PBO helped her close a 33% gap to 1%, but how NJ rejected PBO.

        • October 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

          I guess all of you are right. I know she campigned very little if at all in south Jersey. If it wasn’t for the NJ Ed. Association ads, some people might not know she is running. I’ve mentioned before some dems in power are in bed with Christie for their own self-serving agenda. But the rank and file dems like teachers should not be voting for him. I’m just disgusted that a bully and nasty man could win and a good man like the president has to put up with these constant attacks.

        • October 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

          I wrote this before but for some reason it didn’t post. I appreciate everyone’s insights. I am so discouraged as how a bully and nasty man like Christie could be reelected and with such a big margin. NJ is 44th in job development, Until Sandy the unemployment rate was over 9%. He hates women, teachers, unions, poor people, gays. But and this is the most disheartening, dems in positions of power are in bed with Christie for their own self-serving interests. And Buono really did not run a statewide campaign. You’d never know she’s running in south Jersey.

        • 30 hopefruit2
          October 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm

          I agree. Buono is Martha Coakley redux….

        • October 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

          The people of NJ will have to own their votes for Christie, and the consequences.

      • October 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

        Buono has a compelling life story. I will find her interview with @Lawrence in March and post it to TOD later today.

    • 34 pkayden
      October 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Buono wouldn’t be helped by them enough to make their efforts worthwhile. I guess.

  7. 35 57andfemale
    October 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  8. 36 Jovie
    October 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm

  9. October 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Late to this; more tweets posted by UTA on previous thread.

    This is a *nice* way of saying that the narcissist meglomaniac Greenwald was lying.

    He knew that the MSM would dutifully bury the 2006 dates on the leaked documents (TV and radio omit enitrely, print bury the dates in the middle of their articles).

    The lock-step MSM is really being exposed now. CBS and NBC are united in saying that POTUS lied about being able to keep your insurance. They frame the discussion from the “how can we make POTUS look bad” POV.

    Chips tweeted this eye-opening tweet last night:

    • October 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Homeschooling reading comprehension

    • 39 Jewelz
      October 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Jan Crawford has been a total failure ever since she left abc news as a Supreme Court journalist to join cbs news as a correspondent. She was disgustingly bad last year during the campaign (she was covering the Romney campaign) with her constant chilling for Mitt Romney. She’s the epitome of lack of journalistic integrity. She had no qualm lying about President Obama during the 2012 campaign, so I see no reason for her to stop her witch hunt routine right now. She’s despicable along with 85% of so called mainstream media newstainers who feels that their job is to protect and lift up the dying republican party by continuously lying and making up stories about anything related to the Obama administration. Newsflash to Jan and every others media hacks who called themselves journalist: your job is not to be a mouthpiece for the GOP, your job is to report the news truthfully and without bias to the American people.

  10. 41 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Why Losing Your Junk Insurance is a Good Thing

    By Spandan

    ———————————

    For the past week or so, the media has been replete with stories about people getting letters from their insurance companies that cancel their current coverage and replace it with a more expensive health insurance plan, providing the insured the option to look into their state’s exchange for coverage. Insurance companies are doing their damnest to blame the Affordable Care Act and President Obama for this, but the truth is that the policies that are being canceled are being canceled for one reason and one reason alone: they do not meet the minimum coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

    So what are these minimum coverage requirements? They are simple and essential:
    .
    .
    As individuals are transitioned from their current plans to plans in exchanges that offer a much broader range of coverage along with a subsidy for most everyone who is currently in a plan that doesn’t cover one or more of the essential services, it will become obvious that losing junk insurance in favor of gaining good coverage at a subsidized price is beneficial. It is also a primary goal of the Affordable Care Act – for everyone to have access to coverage that is not just affordable but also comprehensive.

    ——————————————–

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/10/why-losing-your-junk-insurance-is-good.html

  11. 42 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  12. 47 GGail
    October 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Nancy SMASH is such an eloquent speaker. She just gave a lovely tribute to the late Senator Foley.

    Now “turtle” is up and speaking – UGH!

  13. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    So totally out of freakin’ order and disrespectful for Boehner to collectively group “Presidents, Vice Presidents” when he began to speak, like it’s no big deal to have any of them at Speaker Foley’s memorial. One should always acknowledge the sitting President and Vice President first, in any event. When Speaker for Life Pelosi stood, she didn’t use last names, but acknowledged – while looking at them, seated – “Mr. President, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Mr. Vice President.

    I missed seeing who the former Vice President is who’s attending. If it’s Gore, then I think I just realized why Boehner referred to them all collectively, because they’re all Democrats – as Foley was – so, just bunch ’em. #NoClass

    • October 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Looks like Mondale?

      • 50 jacquelineoboomer
        October 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        Come to think of it, I don’t recall the last time Gore ever attended anything official as a former VP. Don’t think he ever got over 2000 or being so shut-out by his own efforts on climate change.

        I still like Gore, but mostly just for one reason – the way he answered when a news jerk asked him shortly after the Inauguration in ’09 what advice he’d give the new President. And Gore said, “Oh, I’d hesitate to give him any advice … he’s doing so well.”

        And, then, of course he went on to give him advice, but I still appreciated that one moment in time.

    • 51 yardarm756
      October 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      “Roach waste”!

      • 52 jacquelineoboomer
        October 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        Ya know, just as a matter of conscience, I try not to wish anything bad on these types of people. I just sit around and wait for it. He’ll get his.

        I might buy a feminine-lookin’ cigar and make myself comfortable, while I prep for him to be dragged out of the House kicking and crying. And then I’ll call for the Sgt-at-Arms (who I’ll have on my speed-dial) to change the freakin’ locks.

        And I’ll yell at Boehner, as he’s yanked out, like my grandmother used to say: Get thee behind me, Satan! Ha! (That was fun picturing that, to keep my sanity. Too bad I can’t fit it in a tweet.)

  14. 55 57andfemale
    October 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    My favorite line from this excellent article: ” She’s basically complaining that a new car costs more than her old shoes. ”

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cbs-news-misleading-obamacare-report-womans-plan-paid-50-per-service-doesnt-cover-hospitalization/

    • 56 yardarm756
      October 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      This woman probably never goes to the Dr on a regular basis. I say those that want to keep shitty policy, keep ’em. They’ll change their minds soon enough.
      She’s like a lot of people that think you can bite a stick while resetting a broken leg or a slug of whiskey will make you forget pain. Sheesh.

      • 57 57andfemale
        October 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm

        She is one of those people that this insurance is made for: you pay the insurance company money and as long as you never need health care, everyone is happy. These are the junk insurance policies that are advertised on the upper level channels of your local TV.

        Consumer Reports ripped apart this class of ‘insurance’ policies as one step away from fraud. What infuriated me was that CBS took her word for everything. Most of what they needed was in the damn letter and about a half hour of Google would have blown her sob story out of the water.

        Unless you are wealthy, any policy you had to carry on the individual market before ACA was junk. Hubby and I had what we thought was decent BCBS until we needed to actually use it. These changes that everyone is flipping out over – they happened EVERY year to us, with increased co-pays, deductibles and premium increases through the roof.

        That CBS didn’t catch that it wasn’t a co-pay, but ALL that the insurance company would pay, that the policy didn’t have hospitalization. That’s two networks in two days who have done disgraceful stories.

  15. 59 57andfemale
    October 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    We all need a laugh today:

  16. 62 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Democratic Congressman Blows Up At GOP During Obamacare Hearing: ‘Are You Really Serious?’

    ————————————

    Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) slammed Republicans for failing to support the Affordable Care Act once it became law, challenging them to go back to their districts and tell their constituents that they’ll be taking away their coverage.

    “What are you going to do about the approximately 17 million children with preexisting conditions who can no longer be denied health insurance coverage,” Parscrell asked the GOP during a House hearing on Obamacare. Standing up and pointing his finger at the other side of the aisle, he continued, “We want to go back and want to say you are no longer covered any longer — are you going to tell the parents of those kids?”

    Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR) tried to answer that question, highlighting GOP proposals to cover individuals with pre-existing condition. The reply sparked even greater outrage from Parscrell:

    ————————————————-

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/29/2853991/democratic-congressman-blows-gop-obamacare-hearing/

  17. 63 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Your laugh for the day. Rand Paul is plagiarizing everything from Wikipedia. Stay crazy, Aqua Buddha.

  18. 65 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Tavenner on cancelled policies

    • 66 57andfemale
      October 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Was she this good throughout the hearing? She was great!!!

      • October 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        She was pretty good! Repubs were scraping for zings and she just kept going.

        • 68 57andfemale
          October 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm

          The sneering headline news on the radio this morning led me to believe she was going to be a dolt, so I am very pleased and impressed.

          • October 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm

            Oh no, absolutely not. She was informative, concise and took no guff. She was formidable. Ryan was hoping to score a blow but I don’t think he even landed a dent.

            • 70 57andfemale
              October 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

              In fact, I wish she’d been front and center for the last three years. I didn’t have a chance to watch the hearing, so I appreciate your assessment, but I thought she looked great.

              • October 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm

                Well, I think she probably had her head down, working hard to get this massive thing done. I can’t even imagine the focus it took to manage such a thing.

                I have a strong and deep faith that this contrived storm will pass like all the others. People will get over their fears and realize that this is the best form of healthcare insurance available at this time. And it won’t take that long for people to see it.

  19. 72 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Obamacare Is Radically Changing The Individual Insurance Market — And That’s A Very Good Thing

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/29/2850701/coverage-good-thing/

  20. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Well, time for a snack. Clinton’s starting to talk at the memorial.

  21. 78 57andfemale
    October 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm

  22. 79 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Jesse Lee from the white house retweeted me. Woooooooohooooooo! Thanks Willowood for the article.

  23. 85 GGail
    October 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Former Pres. Clinton is spanking the Republican’s in his praise for the late Speaker Foley. In how he showed up for work – even during difficult times.

  24. 87 GGail
    October 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    There’s President Obama

  25. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Mr. President, you are remarkable. Beautiful tribute to Speaker Foley. Thank you so much for your depth and your sincerity.

  26. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Did Boehner just refer to Nancy as Speaker Pelosi, or was that wishful thinking on my part?

  27. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Between what President Obama said and what Mrs. Foley is mentioning about limitations on power, there are quite a few teachable points being raised at Speaker Foley’s memorial. Too bad they will fall on deaf ears among the Republicans in the gallery.

  28. 98 Jovie
    October 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pick of a former union lawyer to be the top prosecutor at the National Labor Relations Board narrowly cleared a Republican procedural hurdle on Tuesday and headed toward near-certain confirmation.

    The vote to end debate on the nomination of Richard Griffin was 62-37, two more than the needed 60. It was not immediately clear when the Senate confirmation vote would be held, but it could be later in the day.

    Reuters-

  29. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  30. 107 JER
    October 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

  31. 109 Jovie
    October 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Msnbc belongs right in the toilet with the rest of that Shit!
    That is all…

  32. October 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Hello? Ding, ding, ding!

  33. 116 japa21
    October 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

  34. October 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    • 118 57andfemale
      October 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      You know, meta, this is an interesting point. The tweet is excellent because it’s easily understandable. But a lot of the bellyaching from the emoprogs was because they thought that these shitty plans would be the baseline of ACA and that has proven to not be true.

      I do wish we could have gotten this message out better over the last three years. Rep. Bill Pascrell of NJ was talking about this this morning on c-span. If the Dem’s had gone out there in 2010 to those town halls and owned this law, so many misconceptions would not have taken hold.

  35. 119 donna dem 4 obama
    October 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    12 Year Old Publicly Schools NC Republican Governor on voting rights restrictions!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. 121 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm

  37. October 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Well, this should be a real scene, first thing in the morning:

  38. 125 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm

  39. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    #ClearOurPath This “four corners” tweet reminds me of FDR’s Four Freedoms speech.

  40. 131 susanne
    October 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    love this! the child feels more than safe with pope francis:

    ‘ While representatives from more than 80 countries addressed the pope, a little boy walked onto the stage to say hello. ‘

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/boy-wanders-onto-stage-to-hang-out-with-pope-francis

    • 132 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      That’s the sweetest thing I’ll see today. Thanks so much for finding it.

      Luke 18:16: “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

  41. 133 japa21
    October 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm

  42. 134 57andfemale
    October 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

  43. October 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    • 136 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Yes, but, where does that fit into the Blame President Obama for Everything narrative?

      Great tweet!

      • October 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

        I have to laugh that people think PBO was supposed to come out and discuss all the endless details of HCR over the last few years. People barely could comprehend the Big Picture.

        • 138 jacquelineoboomer
          October 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

          And, to tell you the truth, in other situations … how would he be able to relate each and every thing the NSA is doing? or the CIA? or the FBI? Sometimes he wouldn’t be briefed until something is already in place, or if his direct involvement is warranted. I’m pretty sure his approvals are based on general strategies and tactics. Even for the ACA.

          And yet NOFREAKINBODY questioned what Bush knew or Cheney knew/directed on ANYTHING.

          • October 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

            EXACTLY. I’ve never seen a microscope this big or this worn. I’m pretty topped out, especially this week.

            • 140 jacquelineoboomer
              October 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm

              Obviously, you’ve forgotten last week. Ha.

              Hang in there, as usual, my friend. Think I’m going to pop off the blog for a while and give my head a rest! Maybe I can have a banana with caramel dip next!

        • 142 theo67
          October 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

          I wonder if any of those people could explain the details of their old insurance plans or company benefits plans… and yet, they somehow want to know every iota of info for a plan that covers 1/6th of the economy, all while the media and GOP conduct a massive misinformation campaign…

  44. 143 57andfemale
    October 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    This guy was on cspan this morning. He was good, and apparently even better at the hearing today:

  45. 154 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Levin: Republicans’ ACA “Chainsaw” Has been Out for Three Years

    Oct 29, 2013 Issues: Health Care

    Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today made the following statement regarding this morning’s Ways and Means Committee hearing on healthcare.gov:

    ———————————————-

    “For more than three years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Republicans have had one goal in mind: repeal the law, even if it means shutting down the government and threatening to default on the full faith and credit of the U.S. That goal was vividly illustrated today when Rep. Dave Reichert said about the Affordable Care Act: ‘The chainsaw needs to come out.’ In fact, the Republican chainsaw has been out for three-plus years. Today’s hearing wasn’t about helping to make the Affordable Care Act work. It was about continuing a three-year effort to destroy it.”

    ————————————————-

    http://levin.house.gov/press-release/levin-republicans’-aca-“chainsaw”-has-been-out-three-years

  46. October 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  47. 162 57andfemale
    October 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    It’s Orange Satan but it’s a good read. Here’s a snippet:

    “If a corporation found itself in such a situation it would have done one of two things:
    1) Moved sufficient funding from one bucket to another to pay for the vast spike in scope.
    2) Abandoned the project.

    Neither of these options were available to the Obama Administration. The budget was under the control of hostile forces and no increases had a snowball’s chance in hell of being approved. So the only “rational business” move at the Administration’s disposal was to abandon the ACA. Which would have meant surrender.

    Klein even gets this. But he still draws the wrong conclusion.

    ‘The Obama administration deserves all the criticism it’s getting for the poor start of health law and more. Their job was to implement the law effectively — even if Republicans were standing in their way.’

    What Klein is overlooking is the difference between business and politics.

    The only “rational” thing for Abraham Lincoln to do when the South seceded was to have let them go. He chose a different route, and soon we were “engaged in a great civil war”. An 1861 version of Ezra Klein would have been pontificating on how the not-yet inaugurated Lincoln was a failure for letting the union fall apart.

    This is war, and Klein hasn’t sufficiently realized this. Maybe his 1861 doppelganger would have, eventually. Sometimes you have to decide which side are you on. This is something that Joan Walsh gets and he doesn’t.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/29/1251446/-Why-Joan-Walsh-is-Right-and-Ezra-Klein-is-Wrong-About-ACA-Rollout

  48. October 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

  49. October 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    The Ed Show’s opening segment was pretty awesome today. He went hard after Fox, CNN, NBC and ABC’s “reporting” of the latest ACA talking point about “Boohoo people can’t keep the insurance they like Obama lied Benghazi!”.

    Big Ed’s got a habit of letting his passion get the better of him many times (*cough*Syria*cough*) but this time it served him well. That was the same righteous anger a lot of people are feeling at the MSM these days.

  50. 167 dotster3
    October 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Oh yikes—-not that anything he says is significant, but I see Kanye West opined on Ryan Secrest’s radio show that Kim K. was the most intriguing woman in the country, feeling the need to compare her to Michelle Obama, for some reason, saying Kim was more influential than the First Lady. He also added that they were the most dazzling couple, wardrobe wise, that no one cares what the President is wearing and that the First Lady (he called her Michelle) could not send out a bikini instagram of herself like his lovely fiancee did. Wowie-kazowie.

    • 168 theo67
      October 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Kanye West said this? He’s a loser.

    • October 29, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      That is one serious attention seeking addict. It’s not going to be pretty when Kim breaks him just like she did the others. He’s going to go to pieces.

    • 170 anniebella
      October 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Some call Kanye West a genuis, I don’t . I have never like him or his music and as far as Kim K. goes, her name does even deserve to be mention in the same breathe as Mrs. Michelle Obama. These comment shows that he is a ignorant angry poor soul. I saw that instagram of Kim K. in the bathing suit and it was nothing to brag about, she ought to be shame of herself, but if she wasn’t ashame of how she did that Humphrey guy or ashame of her rocket to fame, that sex tape with R.J., I guess she wouldn’t be ashame of that picture her dumb ass boyfriend is bragging about.

  51. 172 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm


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