140 Characters + A Video Or Two












Laugh of the Day: “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” Ford told reporters Tuesday outside his office. “There have been times when I’ve been in a drunken stupor. That’s why I want to see the tape. I want everyone in the city to see this tape.


p.s. He will be running for re-election because Canada’s version of the Tea Party loves him. Now, that’s what you call privilege.


126 Responses to “140 Characters + A Video Or Two”

  1. 1 4morefor44
    November 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hope to see the DeBlasios on a national campaign someday!

  2. 3 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Go VA!

  3. 4 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm

  4. November 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Buono lets it rip:

    • 6 a4alice
      November 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      tell it like it is

    • 7 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Damn shame, corrupt NJ Democratic Party.

    • 8 jackiegrumbacher
      November 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Buono is 100 percent right to be angry, Meta. The NJ Dems did betray her for their 30 pieces of silver. She worked her heart out and would have made a terrific governor. NJ voters will have buyers’ remorse within months. Christie will pay zero attention to their interests (as if he has so far) and will tack so far right, he’ll be unrecognizable. They will be kicking themselves by 2014. I hope it hurts so they never do something this profoundly stupid again..

    • 10 Nena20409
      November 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      I am with Her. What Dems did in NJ was political malpractice. This what No TBGOPer would ever do.

      Shame shame shame shame on Dems apparatus in NJ.

      • 11 Lovepolitics2008
        November 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        I don’t know about politics in New Jersey, but I read so many democratic officials endorsed Christie. A guy who vetoed marriage equality, a guy who defudnded Planned Parenthood. My goodness this is nuts. NUTS !!

        I wonder what is the relationship between the Clintons and the democratic leadership in NJ. I mean… Couldn’t the Clintons do something to stop all those endorsements? This big victory of Christie gives him strength on the national level. Independents will take a good look at them. And I’m sure the Cllintons are VERY WELL AWARE of that.

  5. 12 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  6. 17 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm


  7. 18 Vicki
    November 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Polls closed and Bill deBlasio is going to be the next mayor of NYC.
    Not surprised but ecstatic. Good fro NYC and good for the country.

  8. November 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    GE TOD! Thanks for the comprehensive post, UT.

  9. November 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    • November 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm


    • 22 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Gorgeous! Good Job, Big Apple, and Good Luck!

      • November 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

        I just love this family. They reflect the complexity and the beauty of America with a determined and positive spirit to work for progress. I can’t wait to watch him govern.

        • 24 COS
          November 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

          This, Meta. I am appalled at Dems in New Jersey. After this, they deserve what they get just like Wisconsin. How could they be so stupid? Especially the women of NJ. I am glad that we have loyal Dems in CA.

        • 26 sherijr
          November 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

          me too meta, feel just as you do- excited for them, and look forward to seeing how he governs.

        • 27 PoliticalJunkessa
          November 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

          Totally agree. I am hoping that his progressive philosophy will reach upstate throughout NY and across the river to NJ. To begin with, DeBlasio can remind the people of NJ how their buffoonish mayor canceled a major infrastructure project (a new tunnel) which would have employed many NJians and boosted the economy, as well as alleviating the horrendous traffic. That’s what I would do, lol!

        • November 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm

          Great to see a family in Gracie Manor! Happy for New York City!

  10. 29 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

  11. 30 Vicki
    November 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Local stations say deBlasio win is by 50%. Wow.
    WTF is wrong with New jersey?

    • 31 Nena20409
      November 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Just wondering if the 50% gap was due to New York Post’s Headline and front page on Monday with the Head of Bill de Blasio’s and a huge Old USSR sign….with Back in the USSR…..make folks more inclined to Vote for de Blasio.

      Congratulations the de Blasio family. Thanks for your service. NYC is Not easy to govern.

    • 32 yardarm756
      November 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Too many “Snooky’s” I guess.

  12. 33 jackiegrumbacher
    November 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Big congratulations to Bill De Blasio–what a breath of fresh air for NYC. Election nights are bad for my blood pressure and my finger nails. I want NOVA counties to come in and I want our local election results to be tabulated. Read on #virginiagov that Sen. Mark Warner says it will be about 9:45 before they declare a winner.

  13. 34 hopefruit2
    November 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

  14. November 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    “We estimate that over 17 million people nationally will be eligible for tax credits in 2014. The national and state totals are shown in Table 1. Three states (Texas, California, and Florida) each have more than 1 million tax-credit-eligible residents, and another seven states have more than 500,000 tax-credit-eligible residents. At the lower end, seven states have fewer than 50,000 tax-credit-eligible residents, with the District of Columbia (9,500) and Vermont (27,000) having the fewest. The five states with the most tax-credit-eligible individuals account for about 40 percent of all such individuals nationally.”

    …..But it’s really striking how long it’s taking reporters to realize that these stories are incomplete, and probably inaccurate, unless and until they and their subjects have a handle on all of the relevant information. Read the kicker of this Jonathan Cohn story. It really should be the lede. Dianne Barrette, a Florida woman who became a poster child for the “rate shock” meme, has learned a bit more about her situation, and now says that the cancellation of her junk insurance plan may may be “a blessing in disguise.”

    …..The woman, a thin 61-year-old who refused to give her name, citing privacy concerns, had come to the public library here to sign up for health insurance through Kentucky’s new online exchange. She had a painful lump on the back of her hand and other health problems that worried her deeply, she said, but had been unable to afford insurance as a home health care worker who earns $9 an hour. Within a minute, the system checked her information and flashed its conclusion on Ms. Cauley’s laptop: eligible for Medicaid. The woman began to weep with relief. Without insurance, she said as she left, “it’s cheaper to die.”

  15. November 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Facinating investigation into what Washington D.C. is doing to curb gun violence. Monitors that classify noises, assess their location and alert officers offer an unprecedented view of gun crime. (video explainer as well)

    When Absalom Jordan hears the crack of gunfire outside his home in Southeast Washington, he reacts in an instant. “You get away from the windows and get down,” the 72-year-old said. “I have learned to live with it.”Police are listening as well. Rooftop sensors monitor his neighborhood around the clock for the distinctive bang of a gun. The inconspicuous devices have logged hundreds of incidents over the past eight years near his apartment as part of a gunfire surveillance network called ShotSpotter.About 39,000 separate incidents of gunfire have been documented by ShotSpotter’s unseen web of at least 300 acoustic sensors across 20 square miles of the city, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.

    The gunfire logged by ShotSpotter overshadows the number of officially reported felony gun crimes by more than 2 to 1. More than one-half of the incidents detected by the network have involved multiple rounds of gunfire. In 2009 alone, ShotSpotter captured more than 9,000 incidents of gunfire. That number has fallen by 40 percent in recent years as gun homicides have declined sharply……

  16. 38 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    He’s a Democrat. Congrats, Boston.

  17. 39 hopefruit2
    November 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  18. 40 anniebella
    November 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Any update from VA Governor race?

  19. 41 Betsy
    November 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Why is Coochinelly so close to macauliffe? Did Dems not turn out? And what’s this about PBO being in the 30s for approval ratings? I have been out of it and never heard about this. WTF is happening and what is wrong with people.?

  20. 42 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    So much for Liberal whites. The Black vote (and most likely other minorities) got this through for de Blasio.

  21. 43 Vicki
    November 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    GOP pundits thrilled that the Cooch hasn’t lost yet. Because only GOP counts. Any win not GOP must be ignored and/or ridiculed.
    The fucking moron who gave us Sarah Palin is telling Rachel that POTUS’s ratings are in the 30% range.
    I’m having some difficulty in retaining my composure.

    • November 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      I wouldn’t watch those clowns for ONE MINUTE tonight. They would have been giddy over the ridiculous possibility of Obama losing in Illinois just because Chicago returns come in well after the southern rural areas of the state.

  22. November 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    There’s anecdotal evidence in Texas, where state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) was among those who had to sign an affidavit before casting her ballot because her voter record didn’t include her middle name (Davis’s likely general election opponent in her bid for governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott, also had to sign an affidavit). There is also statistical evidence that women are more likely than men to not have valid identification at the polls. That’s because women make up larger shares of just about every one of the sub-groups that are least likely to have a current, valid identification. Here are the groups most likely to be impacted:

    If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some 1,570,000 inmates in state and federal prisons in the U.S., according to data from the Justice Department.

    By contrast, there were about 1,530,000 engineers in America last year, 815,000 construction workers, and 1 million high school teachers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  23. November 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    UT, would you mind taking my comment out of moderation? TY

  24. 54 jackiegrumbacher
    November 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Okay, Jeff Gauvin’s twitter feed says that Fox has called Virginia for McAulife. I think that’s the first call of the night.

  25. 56 JER
    November 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    • 57 4morefor44
      November 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      certainly an improvement, but ugh…hopefully he’ll just stay there until retirement.

      • 58 forus50
        November 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

        Ughhh and yuck. Maybe he will actually do something good for Virginians. I don’t expect it but would be a nice surprise. At least The Virginia Vagina Prober is defeated.

      • 61 jackiegrumbacher
        November 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        4more, that will be difficult as Virginia mandates only one term per governor.

        • 62 4morefor44
          November 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

          ha. well, at least stay in virginia after that and not think he needs to be a leader of national democrats. he had a lot of time doing that already and completely broke the party. he’ll at least restore some sanity for the state though, which is good.

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      November 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Jer, so FOX got it right. I really don’t care how much McAuliffe won by–he won and the numbers will be forgotten by next week. Virginia will have a chance to get its voting system cleared up and re-instate the 50,000 voters that Cooch purged. We won’t hear any more about vaginal probes and other disgusting intrusions on women, VA will push ObamaCare and other progressive policies will go into place in VA. A Democratic governor will make a huge difference and help to purge the stink of the last four years in the state. Would that PA could be so fortunate next year. Our air is polluted by the do-nothing, corrupt gasbag in Harrisburg.

  26. 64 Vicki
    November 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Tish James is the next NYC Public Advocate—-Bill deBlasio’s current job. Tish is enormously talented and smart, also charismatic. Not to mention that she is the First AA woman elected to city-wide office in New York City. She’s speaking now…..back soon.

  27. 66 forus50
    November 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Once McAuliffe wins I just want to say “yuck”. Still can’t stand the man for his slimy handling of Clinton’s campaign against POTUS in “08. If he didn’t have Dem after his name I would think he was GOP for his lack of character. He is the type of politician that turns people off to politics.

  28. 69 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Looks like McAuliffe will pull it off. Will Herring?

  29. 70 dotster3
    November 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    No final numbers, but it doesn’t look like McAuliffe is going to match his exit polls? Obama won Va. by 4%. I think McA’s win will be less than that. NBC projects him the winner now. And yay—a win is a win is a win.

    • 71 jackiegrumbacher
      November 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Absolutely, dotster, a win is a win. McAuliffe will do well for VA. He worked hard for this victory and VA Dems are giving him a chance. Whatever anyone thinks of him he is 1000 percent better than Cuccinelli. I am sick and tired of women being dissed by Republicans. McAuliffe won’t do that he won’t be purging voter rolls or making voting more difficult for Democratic constituents.

      • 72 99ts
        November 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        Cannot imagine why any woman would EVER vote for someone like Cuccinelli – how much will they take before they vote 100% against the GOP.

  30. 73 hopefruit2
    November 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm


    • 74 forus50
      November 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      I don’t think they are serious with these Obamacare referendum tweets; it’s gotta be sarcasm. Is that what the exit polls are saying is the biggest issue in NYC and VA and NJ? I doubt that it is. I would think women’s rights in VA, housing and income gaps in NYC and in NJ I don’t know but I don’t think it’s healthcare that motivated people to vote one way or the other tonight.

      • 75 hopefruit2
        November 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Well he’s responding to the MSM pundiots by saying that well now that the Dems won, I guess the people WANT Obamacare!

        • 76 forus50
          November 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

          That was the case in Nov 2012 for the presidential election but the demographics for these races in NY, NJ, and VA wouldn’t have Obamacare as a referendum imho.

          • November 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm

            Maybe because some media types were trying to make it about Obamacare because McAuliffe is a Dem and PBO campaigned for him one time.

          • 78 nathkatun7
            November 6, 2013 at 12:08 am

            IMHO, If Obama Care sucked so much that people hated they would not have voted for Democrats, and especially in Virginia.

      • 79 amk for obama
        November 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        cuckoo boy ran on repeal obamacare platform. remember he was the first AG to challenge ACA in SC.

        So, yes – it was a obamacare referendum and obamacare won.

        • 80 forus50
          November 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

          Yes KEN C was running against Obamacare but I would be surprised if the exit polling said that women’s rights wasn’t the primary reason -by a LARGE margin-that they voted for TM.

          • 81 nathkatun7
            November 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

            If women’s was the primary reason how come more white women (48%) voted for the cuckoo than those who voted for T. McAuliffe (43%)?

  31. November 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Just got home from work. What do we know for sure, if anything?

  32. 87 Eveingeorgia
    November 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Okay, I can breathe now: McAullif won:)

  33. 88 Nena20409
    November 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Anything on the Detroit Race.

  34. 89 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    November 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    We got it right in VA this time.. I’ve been nervous all night and now I can relax!

  35. November 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    While I was stealing myself for a Christie win, I am still very disappointed in the citizens of NJ and extremely disappointed in the dem . party. Christie is a disgusting human being and for people to forget all the bad he has done is mind boggling. Who will he screw next. Look for NJ to become Wisconsin. I am sick.

    • November 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      I figure that because the Republican Party has been so extreme it has made Christie look more moderate to Democratic voters. Many voters do not research the records or read past the headings in the paper. I think Christie was given way too much credit for working with PBO to get Federal aid after the storm. He did what any Governor would have done in ordinary times, but the extreme behavior of his party made him look more appealing and more bipartisan. Also there is the norm of incumbents getting re-elected unless there was some sort of huge scandal. The media no longer points out actions in office as it once did.

  36. 92 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    New Jersey over ruled Chris Christie’s veto and voted to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 and it will help adjust the annual cost of living.

  37. 94 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Keeping my fingers crossed for Herring 😐

  38. 96 forus50
    November 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

  39. November 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  40. November 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Glad to see New Jersey voted from raise in minimum wage…but to only $8.25…please!

  41. 102 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  42. 104 hopefruit2
    November 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Another Dem who was endorsed by PBO 🙂

  43. November 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm


    • 106 jackiegrumbacher
      November 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Meta, I don’t believe a rumor. McAuliffe is tasked to deliver Virginia to the Dems in 2016. He will bend every effort to do that. I don’t believe for one minute that he intends to run before his term is out.

    • 107 4morefor44
      November 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      even if he’s joking around, that’s so not funny. till the day i die i will work my behind off to make sure no clinton retreads get dem nominations for national office again (although would hold my nose and vote for them over a republican). as a little reminder of the clinton machine, here’s one of hillary’s inner circle talking about today:

      “In the last weeks before the primary, Howard Wolfson, a top aide to Bloomberg, publicly criticized de Blasio, suggesting the Democrat wanted to “undo” the city’s progress under Bloomberg and take the city back to a time when it was virtually ungovernable.

      And just before the primary, Bloomberg himself spoke out — suggesting deBlasio had run a “racist” campaign by playing up his multiracial family. He also criticized his rhetoric on income inequality as nothing more than “class warfare.””

      the clintons and their failed ideas for democracy would be a huge step backward nationally after president obama. i’m with our man in wanting to move FORWARD!

  44. November 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    • 109 dotster3
      November 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      I didn’t hear that—–I heard McAuliffe win expectations from the beginning—–and then reporting that the race looked like it was going to be tighter than exit polls projected, but I heard no one saying that KC was going to win.

  45. November 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  46. 111 yardarm756
    November 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm


  47. 113 hopefruit2
    November 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Terry’s dog looks the the adult version of Jovie’s new pup. 🙂

  48. November 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    McCauliffe up 17k votes with 4% out. Herring AG down 33K w/ 6% out, 50.8 to 49.2

  49. November 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Barbara Buono actually made a better showing than I anticipated, which makes me depressed. With a little support from the Dems, she might have given fat ass a run for the money. And I don’t believe the Cooch could get that close without cheating.

  50. November 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I do NOT understand McAuliffe and Northam win and not Herring. He’s still down 2 points. Can anyone explain that?

  51. 119 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    After things cool down, I would like to see % dem turnout over rethugs turnout.

  52. 121 Jewelz
    November 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I will not feel sorry for New Jersey when they start paying for the sins of re-electing Christie. And as much as I like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, I really believe that we need a full time DNC chairperson going into the 2014 midterm election. I really want us to regain the House and retain or expand on our lead in the Senate. 2014 is extremely important because nothing will ever get done until we achieve these goals next year.

  53. 122 PamfromCalif
    November 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Congrats Gov-Elect McAuliffe & Congrats Mayor-Elect De Blasio

  54. 123 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Good evening, TOD! Back from a long day at the polls. Although I was unopposed, all the others on the tickect had very strong opposition, so I knocked lots of doors for my ticket. It paid off in my tiny Borough as we had a Dem sweep! BTW, I had the highest vote tally of all the offices.

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