A Backbone Like A Ramrod

Vice President Biden on President Obama: “This man has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart and a spine of steel” “This guy’s got a backbone like a ramrod.”



Despite President Obama providing a brilliant ObamaCare fix during today’s press conference



There are Democrats still pushing for a legislative fix that will derail ObamaCare. 



Here is their contact information. The power is in your hands. Make your voices heard.


Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA): Twitter Handle: @SenLandrieu and @MaryLandrieu

Contact Info Here


Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): Twitter Handle: @Sen_JoeManchin

Contact Info Here


Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR): Twitter Handle: @SenJeffMerkley and @JeffMerkley

Contact Info Here and Here


Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN): Twitter Handle: @SenDonnelly

Contact Info Here


Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC): Twitter Handle: @SenatorHagan and @KayHagan

Contact Info Here and Here


Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK): Twitter Handle: @SenatorBegich and @MarkBegich

Contact Info Here and Here


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): Twitter Handle: @SenFeinstein

Contact Info Here


Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR): Twitter Handle: @SenMarkPryor and @PryorForSenate

Contact Info Here and Here


Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO): Twitter Handle: @MarkUdall

Contact Info Here and Here


140 Responses to “A Backbone Like A Ramrod”

  1. 1 a4alice
    November 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    nice work UT!

  2. November 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    On December 9, a law banning firearms that can go unnoticed by a metal detector is set to expire. Since 1988, the Undetectable Firearms Act has banned undetectable guns, which can be made from plastic through 3D printers.

    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) have introduced legislation that expands the undetectable firearms law to ban 3D-printed guns, require guns to be recognizable as guns, and them to contain significant metal. “The expiration of this law, combined with advances in 3D printing, make what was once a hypothetical threat into a terrifying reality,” Schumer said, according to the Associated Press. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) introduced his own version in the House to renew the law.

    Still, the urgency of the issue does not mean Congress will take up the bills in its remaining days.
    Even the soon-to-expire law contains a major loophole that permits plastic guns as long as they have a small metal piece that could be easily removed. One widespread model, the Liberator, uses a nail so small that it would not be picked up by metal detectors.

  3. November 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Okay CA peeps, if you want to use my open letter to DiFi, let it fly. And if anyone else wants to use it—edited, of course—go for it.

  4. 11 GGail
    November 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    UT, very nice of you to make it convenient for us to contact these cretins.

    Then you give us a prize – that picture of POTUS. It’s so simple….yet….so powerful !!

  5. November 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    “The American people do not want to see a kangaroo court here,” Rep. Jim Cooper, a Tennessee Democrat, said midway through Wednesday’s four-hour prosecution of Obama administration technology experts by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) hopped to attention. “ ‘Kangaroo court’ is quite an accusation,” he said, “and I hope the gentleman from Tennessee, when he uses the term kangaroo court in the future, will think better of making an accusation.”

    Sorry, Mr. Chairman, but the pouch fits. It was indeed a kangaroo court, and Issa was the main marsupial. No human makes leaps quite like Darrell Issa. He leaps to conclusions. He makes huge leaps of logic. He leaps before he looks. And he invariably leaps right into the White House, alleging high-level political misbehavior and administration corruption for just about everything that goes wrong.

    On Wednesday, the topic was Obamacare, but the California Republican followed the script he used when investigating “Fast and Furious” gun-running, the Benghazi attack, and IRS targeting: make inflammatory allegations of high-level skullduggery, release selective information that appears to support the case while withholding exculpatory details, then use his chairman’s privileges to turn hearings into episodes of “The Darrell Issa Show.”

    • 13 GGail
      November 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Darrell can’t help himself. The GOP are so useless here in CA that they have to go to DC in order to be noticed. But still, don’t cut him any slack – hit him hard!

  6. November 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) expressed his frustration with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over immigration reform on Wednesday, calling Boehner’s rhetoric on the issue an “intellectual yoga drill.” “They’re doing nothing over there,” Reid said of House Republicans, in an interview with Fusion TV. “Zero. And to do this intellectual yoga drill where nobody knows what he’s talking about, is like some of the yoga moves I tried and I can’t do.”

    “If they pass something we could at least go to conference, we could do something there. Because in a conference, the American people are watching what we do. The way it is now, he does nothing so there’s nothing to watch,” he continued.

    Reid was reacting to Boehner’s comments Wednesday that House Republicans have “no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”

  7. November 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    GE, TOD…… between classes. Great post, UT. Congrats on 1rst, Alice. …..some may have missed this important leg. signed into law yesterday!

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a bill that, it turns out, hits close to home. H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, was passed with bipartisan support to help students with food allergies, including oldest daughter Malia.

    “This is something that will save children’s lives,” the President said at the signing. “Some people may know that Malia actually has a peanut allergy. She doesn’t have asthma, but obviously making sure that EpiPens are available in case of emergency in schools is something that every parent can understand.” The new law provides incentives to schools to set up plans to have EpiPens and trained staff members more readily available.
    It gives funding preferences for asthma treatment grants to states where schools keep emergency supplies of epinephrine, allow school employees with training to administer it and develop a plan to make sure trained staffers are available during all school hours.

    This is the first time Obama spoke of Malia, 15, having a peanut allergy.

  8. November 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm


  9. 20 daisydem
    November 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I love the premise of this post. What a lovely soul we have the honor of getting a glimpse into and he is our President. There are not adequate words (though LL probably could come up with some) to describe how lucky and blessed we are.

    I have one and only one thing to say to Yardarm and his comment about Cheney on the previous post: I cannot begin to say and probably should not say how much I despise that man, I thank you for sharing what he said about his transplant and it just further indicates to me proof that transplant or not, surgery or not, that man still has no heart. There may be an organ having once belonged to and beat in another man’s body, but now it is not a heart, just a muscle that keeps evil alive …. I only hope …. no, cannot disgrace this wonderful blog with the rest of my wish.

  10. 21 dotster3
    November 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    NBC/ChuckTodd’s report on today’s health care development was worse than you can imagine. By a billion. Selectively edited to shed the worst possible light on President Obama, even went as far as just airing a part of a sentence!—–and since I watched I knew what he was leaving out. It was as misleading a report as I’ve ever seen. Then they had an insurance executive on to cry tears about this development, which will leave them penniless. Unbelievable. Then Tom Costello gave a report and yelled that “everyone’s premiums are going to skyrocket.” I felt like I was in Pravda USSR. Propaganda at its worst. And something has to be done about Chuck Todd—-there needs to be a petition to get him off our airwaves. He is purposely doing a lot of damage by this hateful, dishonest, maligning reporting. He just sneers when he reports on PBO, which he does every day/night, reeks of hatred for PBO.

    • 22 Judith Fardig
      November 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Todd is on the top of my sh*t list!

    • November 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      I know it seems like they have a lot of power right now and they do ONLY to the extent that people watch and report what they’ve said, perpetuating their memes. But it feels to me like they are actually in their death throws, desperate for attention.

      • 24 carolyn
        November 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm

        Seems like this matter of Todd tonight needs to be brought to the attention of Media Matters, since it can be checked that he reported erroneously. MediaMatters is the group that has been after CBS for erroneous reporting, first 60 Minutes Benghazi report, then Sheryl Attkinson’s Issa partial report on the ACA.
        They are good at digging into these matters, and they can get a lot of followers and bring others in.
        So sad to see NBC and CBS descending to the level of Fox!!! They’re not news any more, they’re all opinion, and Todd seems to be setting the message at NBC. I totally despise that man. The thing is…..he’s not been right on anything, from predictions of the election to understanding legislation.

    • 25 Obama Grandmama
      November 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Todd belongs on FOX not MSNBC.

      • November 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        Todd belongs nowhere near national news.

        His sneering is absolutely appalling and unprofessional.

        Cannot believe that CBS’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and that Todd is NBC’s Political Director.

        Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley would not believe their eyes if they saw what has become of the two stalwarts of network news.

        Scott Pelley and Brian Williams are sinking pretty fast too right now.

  11. November 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I have come to hate this site – but this is an AWESOME piece that must be read and shared.

    • 28 nathkatun7
      November 15, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Excellent piece that needs be shares widely! Thank you so much, Tally, for sharing it. The MSM are a disgrace. Instead of trying to educate people about ACA they would rather inflame them to turn against the President.

  12. November 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you UT!!!!

  13. 30 yardarm756
    November 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Methinks it’s time for some entertainment.

    A scene that wasn’t shown on “Oscar” night.

    • 31 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you, buddy. BTW, belated Happy Veterans’ Day!

      • 32 sjterrid
        November 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm

        Belated Happy Veterans to you, Alycee, and congratulations on your reelection!

        • 33 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          November 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

          Hey Terri! Long time no see! Thank you, on both counts. Now tell me, what the heck is in the water in Jersey? I ask because I have some otherwise sensible cousins that voted for crispy creme…

          • 34 sjterrid
            November 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm

            I know. I guess there are a large number of people in New Jersey that ingested too many toxic fumes!

            I was busy trying to get out the vote for both Buono and for the Cherry Hill democratic team running for City Council. It was a very weird election day. I went from one phone bank that was pretty upbeat, because they were clearly going to win, and then I went to the phone bank for Barbara Buono, who really didn’t have the help from the bigwigs in the party. I went home around 6:30 to get some sleep.

      • 35 yardarm756
        November 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        Thanks “Daddy Warbucks”. 🙂

  14. 36 lmrj
    November 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve been lurking for months, but now delurking to say THANK YOU UT for this wonderful post. Well, I must say that all of your posts are WONDERFUL and full of information. By providing all of the contact information for the Democrat senators supporting this “fix”, including my senatorial rep Dianne Feinstein, you made me shoot off an e-mail to Mrs. Feinstein and tweets to all of the other senators so fast that my head is still swimming. In my e-mail to her, I told Sen. Feinstein that I am a loyal Democrat who has voted in every election (federal AND local) since she first ran for senator and that I expect better from Democrats who should be supporting President Obama. I also quoted part of LL’s wonderful post “A Few Thoughts On Democrats” and linked to it so that she could see how I really feel about her participating with the red-state Dems to undermine the ACA law, benefiting nobody but the GOP. THANK YOU LL for so eloquently expressing my thoughts.

    Keep up the good work Blog Queen Chips and BTs UT, LP, LL, AMK, ZiZi, Tally, and any other BT I’ve missed working to make this such a stellar site. With all of the nonsense being spewed daily by the MSM, I would never make it without your informative, meticulous, PBO-supportive efforts.
    … Now back to lurking because I do that so much better than posting. 😀

    • 37 lmrj
      November 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      By the way, I saw a bumper sticker today that stated “I am an Elizabeth Warren Democrat! Look out in 2016” Hmmmmm. Think some of our established Dems had better take note. Shake-up is coming!

      • 38 sjterrid
        November 14, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        You should de-lurk more often.

      • November 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        Agree with sjterrid, de-lurk more often, the more the merrier!

      • 40 Obama Grandmama
        November 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm

        I have been worried about the next election since PBO inspired me to become involved in politics and HRC does not inspire me. She just reminds me of old school politics, more of what is wrong. Elizabeth Warren does inspire me. I even sent her campaign donations even though I live on the other side of the Country. However, PBO had more foreign policy experience than she does with all of his Nuclear Proliferation work and his undergrad degree emphasis in foreign policy. HRC certainly has foreign policy experience, but I think she would just go along with what big money wants.

    • 41 utaustinliberal
      November 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      You’re welcome, Lmrj.

  15. 42 dotster3
    November 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I see Mr.MilitantNegro is busy stealing again. Unbelievable.

  16. November 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm

  17. November 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Gooooooood Eeeeeevening Friends! 😀

  18. 54 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  19. November 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    This is an interesting read:

  20. November 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  21. November 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    So, I just called bullshit on one of my patrons.

    He’s a man of a certain age, white, and generally a good guy. But, quite frankly, he borders on emo territory. Big supporter of GG and Snowden, etc. etc.

    Today he came up to me and said “I know you’re an Obama hardliner”, which I didn’t deny. Then he went into a speech we’ve all heard: “Obama had control of Congress for two years and was still trying to be ‘bipartisan’, he was so naive.”

    You should have seen me. He did. He remarked on my barely controlled rage.

    I informed him that, no, Obama DID NOT have control of Congress for two years. ACA passed by the slimmest of margins in the House, and even with 60 Senators caucusing with Dems, many of them like Lieberman were skunks and traitors to the core. And once Scott Brown took his seat, even that paper filibuster-proof majority went away.

    And, I said, what would the media have done with PBO if he had come in like a gangsta, as so many white “liberals” wanted him to be.

    It’s amazing. This guy is in the library every day, and as I said, he’s generally a good guy. But he’s far from rich. And his concerns are the NSA, and Monsanto, and other emoprog shibboleths.

    However, I did give him food for thought. I know I’ll never make him an Obot, but he may put down the koolaid once in a while.

  22. 62 anniebella
    November 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I sent North Carolina Senator Hagan a email and I plan to call her office tomorrow. I am going to fine out just what legislative fix to the ACA she is after.

  23. 63 anniebella
    November 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Is there anything concerning FLOTUS speech in Florida today?

  24. November 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    From yesterday, but bears repeating:

  25. 65 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Was at an appointment this evening and Hardball was on, Tweety was going on and on about POTUS’ management style and the fact that he hadn’t fired anyone over the healthcare rollout. Got to be a bit much and I said OUT LOUD “You’re not the f***ing POTUS and until you are, you need to STFU and STFD” (I actually said the cuss words — out loud — REAL LOUD).

  26. November 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Good evening fellow TODvillians. For some reason I can no longer comment here at my work computer. I can read everything fine, and there is a box for me to reply, but no place to put in my log in info.

    So, sometimes it is frustrating because there might be something I want to respond to, but I can’t.

    Oh well, maybe soon.

    Regarding today’s events, there is a good reason (from their perspective) that insurance companies don’t like this. It means they can’t blame OCare for what they have been trying to do.

    I have no problem w/insurance companies making a profit, that is the reality of where we are.

    However, all this whining is really making them look really bad. With the way this is going, I see a public option in place within 5 years and single payer within 15.

  27. November 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Not sure there are any words to describe how weird this is!

  28. 81 japa21
    November 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    • 82 Vicki
      November 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Exactly! President Obama is not like them at all. Clearly our POTUS lives for a lot more than money. That’s why they fear him. President has no future campaign, isn’t impressed by their wealth let alone controlled by it. All this makes him dangerous in the GOP view.

    • 84 Obama Grandmama
      November 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Did not watch this, but the facial expressions of the people behind Michelle Obama seem negative in the opening shot.

  29. November 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    • 86 Nena20409
      November 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      I called Mediamatters in 2009/2010 telling them that Not including MSNBC, particularly Mourning Joke as part of their rightwing misinformation media was misguided. They assured me they will look into it and they have Never done so.

      JoeScar is given 3.5hrs M-F to single handedly double down and trash pres Obama, Pelosi and any Dems while pretentiously using Mika, Ford, Deutsch, etc to carry water for Rush, Drudge, F&Fs, etc. There is no place on TV/Cable where such program is available for Liberals. Yet the MSM is widely called the Liberal Media.

  30. November 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  31. 88 4morefor44
    November 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    this is the exact point i’ve been making here, and still have not seen one person make this point in “the news” and hardly anywhere online either.

    MASSIVE difference.

    • 89 Nena20409
      November 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      KaBoom ❗

    • November 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Don’t understand how CBS news director David Rhodes (and Ben Rhodes brother) and 60 Minutes management could have possibly thought that #Benghazi was newsworthy and that their fabrications would not be noticed.

      What were they thinking?

      But still, all the news networks are continuing to report non-factual stories as news.

      • 91 Dudette
        November 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm

        Read the man’s bio. What you’d be looking for is in the 4th and 3rd paragraphs from the bottom

        “Prior to joining CBS News, Rhodes held senior roles at Bloomberg and at Fox News. At Bloomberg he was head of US Television, responsible for all programming, development, editorial, and newsgathering. He made significant changes in the network’s talent and programming, relaunching the financial news service’s flagship cable channel in 2009.

        Rhodes began his career as a Production Assistant at the newly-launched Fox News Channel in 1996, where he later became Vice President of News. At the network he managed coverage of three presidential elections, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, hurricanes including Katrina, and was the channel’s Assignment Manager on the news desk the morning of September 11, 2001.”

  32. 92 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    😀 😀 😀

  33. 93 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm

  34. 94 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

  35. November 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    And with this, fine people, I take my leave:

  36. 100 amk for obama
    November 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    bbc has become a pox news affiliate, I see.

  37. November 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  38. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Oh, no. For those of my generation who remember the day it happened as though it were yesterday, I am so not looking forward to seeing all of the new documentaries on the JFK assassination. Still too soon. Going to try to watch some in parts, just to be reminded of the early years of his campaign and presidency – a different time. Kind of glad Amb. Caroline Kennedy has other new things on her mind this month, although I know she remains proud of her father and mother and brother and celebrates their lives, privately.

    • November 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      I’m with you andI feel the same way. I can’t relive that time yet again. It was horrendous and inconsolable.

      • 106 carolyn
        November 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        I’m right with you. It was the day before my birthday…..what a birthday that was. It took a while for me to separate my birthday from the assassination. So…..I’m not going to watch everything either.

      • 108 jacquelineoboomer
        November 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        I’m forcing myself to watch a bit of CNN’s documentary. Just started crying like the teenager I was back then. Will never forget that entire weekend, or watching it all unfold on TV – after we got out of our high school class that day, where we first learned the news. Of course, the news spread like wildfire across the country and the world.

    • November 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Seems the boomers who lived through this event are of similar mind.

      But from a historic perspective, its good that younger Americans learn about this time and event.

      I mentioned before that my 5th grade teacher encouraged us to learn about President Kennedy and to tackle our assignments with “vigor” a favorite word of his.

      But I don’t need to see visuals of what happened, since everyone was glued to their black and white TV sets for the entire long weekend, from the shock of the shooting on Friday through the funeral on Monday.

      Side note. My favorite author during my teen years was Aldous Huxley, who died on the same day as President Kennedy. His death was overshadowed by the events of that long sad weekend.

    • 111 mtmarilyn
      November 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      I so agree. It is so painful to watch.

    • 113 jackiegrumbacher
      November 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      I agree, JOB. I don’t want to relive that time–it was so devastating as if all the hope and joy just got sucked out of the world in one day. There are some things we don’t need to go through again because once was more than enough.

      • 114 jacquelineoboomer
        November 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm

        Hard to believe the same devastating feelings haven’t gone away, even 50 years later. Guess part of it was our youth and innocence – a big part of which was lost Nov. 22, 1963, not to mention on many others days during that decade.

  39. November 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    In case any of you missed it ….

  40. 116 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Obscure popular culture references for the older set… 🙂

  41. November 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    These creeps are despicable.

  42. 122 carolyn
    November 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    One genius TODer tweeted that what the president is demanding of insurance companies by his announcement today is full disclosure. I believe we are going to learn ALOT about them….some facts that even the disengaged won’t be able to ignore.
    Why do people complain so much about health insurance? We just got notice that our car insurance has gone up 10 dollars a month….do we yell and go on TV? No, we pay it. When I had a wreck last October we got good coverage and a good settlement that would not have been possible without good insurance. That’s the way it works.
    Car insurance goes up all the time.

  43. 123 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Sometime soon this will be Chips and Jovie’s puppies! 🙂

  44. November 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

  45. 126 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  46. 127 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Ignore the unfortunate logo to the right of the article synopsis. It’s a good story. 🙂

  47. 128 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  48. November 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

  49. 132 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  50. November 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Will always love VP Joe.

  51. 135 desertflower
    November 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Great post…and, I might add, the proper citation for TOD:)


  52. 137 Dudette
    November 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    There oughta be a law…

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