How to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

Will Rogers’ old aphorism—”I belong to no organized political party; I’m a Democrat”—was, at one point, an endearing shorthand for the messiness of Democratic politics. Now, however, it may threaten Democratic chances to gain back the House and hold the Senate this year.

A few examples:

* Today President Obama travels to North Carolina for an event. Democratic senator Kay Hagan is staying in Washington, DC, for the Senate session. Now, while commendable, it is rather interesting that she couldn’t spend a couple of hours welcoming the leader of her party to her state as she gears up for a tough election battle. One has to wonder if she’s putting distance between herself and the President.

* Gov. Brian Schweitzer, putative 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, was asked in an interview to name one positive thing accomplished by Pres. Obama. After much reflection he came up with this:

“My mother, God rest her soul, told me ‘Brian, if you can’t think of something nice to say about something change the subject,’” he said.

But he couldn’t help himself, slamming Obama’s record on civil liberties (the NSA revelations were “un-effing-believable”), his competency (“They just haven’t been very good at running things”), and above all, Obamacare (“It will collapse on its own weight”).

This is the man touted as one of the 2016 frontrunners: someone who wants to expurgate Obama’s two terms as President from the collective memory.

* In spite of the urging from the Obama Administration—and in spite of the fact that Harry Reid won’t bring the bill up for a vote—numerous Senate Democrats have joined Bob Menendez in his Iran sanctions bill, including freshman Senator Cory Booker, he of the appearance on morning television two years ago excoriating Obama for being mean to bankers. We are finally on the road to a peaceful resolution of the Iranian problem, and many of the President’s own party want to stab that process in the heart.

It should be said that a majority of Democrats still stand by the President. But compare that to the lockstep devotion granted to G.W. Bush by his party. He could’ve run over a kitten on national television and his party wouldn’t have batted an eyelash.

Democrats are Democrats, and a certain amount of messiness in our politics is inevitable. But in the runup to the midterm elections, fissures are growing, not contracting. Voters, to a large degree, choose for whom to vote based on the image the party presents of itself. Right now neither party rides high in voters’ estimations; that fact favors Republicans, as they’re already in control of the House. Being so, voters may decide that the devil they know is better than taking a chance on fractious Democrats.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Democrats’ reactions to Obamacare.

Democrats are increasingly alarmed that the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity is swamping vulnerable Dems with anti-Obamacare ads, leaving them with no way to fight back, the New York Times reports this morning.

If Democrats had touted the many benefits of the law, rather than running away, triangulating, or voting to “reform” it as 67 of them just did last week, Koch-fueled ads would have little effect. Politicians who stand proudly behind their party’s signal achievement of the past 50 years are in many ways inoculated from attack ads; such politicians are seen to have principles, and to fight for those principles, which is attractive to voters. But if a politician hems and haws about Obamacare, it’s no surprise that his constituents might look askance at him. It is the Democrats’ weak-kneed response to the ACA which opens them to attack ads.

Of course, the Democratic Party will never be like the GOP, marching in lockstep, run from the top down. But, a modern political party has to show some unity, has to present a face that, while there is diversity, there are overriding themes and principles which unite and motivate the party. Without that unifying message, the party will lose the midterms, and make the final two years of Obama’s term a war of attrition, with not much getting done. Hopefully it’s not too late for Democrats to learn this lesson, set differences aside for the moment, and unite to bring Pres. Obama a Congress with which he can work. The country’s fate depends on it.

137 Responses to “How to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Lib_L

  2. January 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    So, I’ve been in a foul mood for the past few days. The stuff I wrote about in this essay is why.

    • 8 No Child Left Behind
      January 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks for your post LL. It is the analysis of an objective observer.

      There are two types of politicians, those with convictions who stand by them, those who are there to help themselves. Unfortunately there are quite a number of Dems without any political convictions.

      As for the former Montana governor, he will not go anywhere. His peak was at the 2008 Democratic Convention. He is passé.

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      When I read this, LL, I wanted to both clap my hands about your insights, and clench my fist for the actions and words of a few Democrats.

      Luckily, there is an endless supply of chocolate.

  3. 10 Linda
    January 15, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Kay Hagan is a coward….there is nothing going on in the Senate except General Speeches…..

    • 11 Cindy
      January 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      She is trying to distant herself from the President and now the repukes are talking about it. I get so angry; Dems have “we the people” on their side, and are cowards. Running from health care is pure ignorance on their part.

      The repukes cost us 24 billion dollars over foolishness, they will not help 1.3 million families who are hurting, 2 students shot yesterday, 8 million jobs created, 48 months of job growth, we are out of Iraq, deficit is cut in half, car industry was saved, the President kicked A _ _ twice to win two elections while repulsive repukes bashed him with Jeremiah Wright, hardest working President we ever had, food stamps cut by the repukes, veterans are suffering because of repukes, affordable health care for millions, etc. etc. etc.

      Now, can I ask the proverbial question?

      Why in the HELL are Democrats running from President Barack H. Obama?

      I’m sorry for ranting, I am mad, they are wiesels with big mouths and no action.

    • 12 anniebella
      January 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Time for a email to Kay Hagan.

      • 13 Cindy
        January 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

        Yes, I am going to do my part with all of the Dems who are running from President Obama. They are going to hear from me.

    • 14 Nena20409
      January 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      If she acts scared as Elizabeth Dole did in 2008, then she will get defeated. But if she stands on her two feet and act strong, she will win. Play cute is not showing strength. She better watch out or she will not get the warmth of support she needs from all those who voted for pres Obama in 2008 and 2012. It was due to senator Obama’s Voters that Hagan was elected in 2008.

  4. 15 57andfemale
    January 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    • January 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      And THIS is what Dems should campaign on, saying “See, this is what GOP governance gets you.” But no, too many triangulate away from principles.

      • 17 57andfemale
        January 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm

        Have you heard one Democrat make an issue over Boehner’s lies yesterday that it’s Obama’s fault that Freedom Industries wasn’t inspected for chemicals? Effing crickets. I just read the story. I’ll find it.

        • 18 Linda
          January 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

          John Boehner Took Money from the Company Behind the West Virginia Spill

          In the days since a coal-processing chemical leak contaminated West Virginia’s Elk River, leaving over 300,000 people without water, politicians have called on the state legislature and the U.S. Congress to come up with new safety regulations. But Speaker of the House John Boehner doesn’t think that’s necessary. “The issue is this: We have enough regulations on the books,” said Boehner at a press conference on Tuesday. “What the administration ought to be doing is actually doing their jobs.”

          Boehner’s stance implied that the federal government, not Freedom Industries, the company with the faulty container, was to blame. He declined to mention that he received a total of $5,000 in donations from Freedom Industries in July, 2013, contributed by the company’s VP of sales and marketing Doug Simmons. Both Boehner’s office and Freedom Industries refused to comment for this story. The company, which has stayed quiet save for one press conference since the spill, has also been linked to the conservative powerhouse Koch Industries.


        • 20 Nena20409
          January 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm

          Why? Dems need a full time DNC chair. Someone who is out there telling Dem stories 24/7.

        • 23 Cindy
          January 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

          Some of these Dems are nothing more than A _ _ Holes. They never back this President up, he is always fighting for what is right and they are always running from what is right. I am so sick and tired of these bunch of scary a_ _ Dems who stands for nothing.

          I am sorry 57andfemale….
          How are you? How is Nickelby and Pearl doing today?

          Have a great Wednesday…it’s hump day.

          I am just fed up with the Dems….so I am screaming at them and not you or the TOD family members. grrrrrrr grrrrrrrrr

          • 24 57andfemale
            January 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

            Thanks for asking, Cindy. Nickelby is better, but not yet completely healed. He snuck up on the sofa, and when he woke up and just sat up, he yelped. We have to be more diligent carrying him. Of course, I carried him down the stairs this morning and the first thing he did was run and then crawl over an icy snow drift. We just don’t have the heart to keep him in the crate. Wish I didn’t have to be at the office all day – I’m better at monitoring him than Mr. 57. Hopefully we’ll make better progress over the weekend.

            Pearl is an angel. Always.

            • 25 Cindy
              January 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

              Ahhhhh……that is good to hear. I understand about the crate, that is difficult to do. Well, you know that we are just better at these things-motherly instincts. God knew what He was doing when He gave man “WOMAN.” : ) Don’t tell Mr. 57 I said this…. 🙂 Glad to hear Nickelby is coming along, and Pearl is there to help out.

          • 29 57andfemale
            January 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm

            It would be so much better if we just had Repubs to fight. We have to do the work that our own government Dem’s should be doing. It’s infuriating.

            Oh, I knew who you were screaming at. We’re all screaming.

  5. 32 57andfemale
    January 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    • 33 anniebella
      January 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Let’s tell this info to the ex-Governor Brian Schweitzer.

      • 34 Nena20409
        January 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        Unfortunately, Brian S. is probably looking for a gig on TV/Cable. I used to like him. After reading what he said his mother told him……My likeness for him DIED today.

  6. January 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Well said LL! On the outside looking in I continue to be appalled at the lack of unity among Democrats especially in support of the ACA.

    • 36 Cindy
      January 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Good afternoon vetivera24,
      Happy Wednesday!

      What is worse, is that some of these Dems supported the Clintons with no problem, even when old Bill was caught with his pants around his ankles, and some are still supporting the Clintons.

      How do they plan on winning when they turn their backs on President Obama, and the people who supports President Obama. Two bit cowards they are-nothing but cowards.

  7. 38 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    HEADS UP: Also, FLOTUS will speak at 4PM EST / 3PM CST on education.

  8. January 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    BTW, thanks Chips or UT for posting for me.

  9. January 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Talking about untrustworthy dems you just have to look at some of the NJ dems who colluded with Christie to get him reelected. The one thing that may help is that it is January and the election is way off. By then the benefits of the ACA will be cemented in people’s minds. Remember Koch money didn’t help in Coralsville, Iowa.

    • 42 Cindy
      January 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      That’s my point Diane from NJ,

      It’s the people who vote, not ads, not the Koch brother money but real people go to the polls and vote. So it’s crazy that Dems always buckle. Repukes tried to stop us from voting; ugly ads, long lines, frustration everywhere but “people” showed up; raining, no water in the heat, Mitt’s money but “we the people” cast our votes in spite of what they tried to do to us.

      It’s time for the Dems to have a backbone and do what is right. Great accomplishments for President Obama in short 5 years, and the Dems are running?

  10. 43 anniebella
    January 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    POTUS suppose to meet with Senate Democrats today at the WH.

    • 44 Cindy
      January 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Some should be lined up and his foot should kick them where the good Lord split them. Pathetic cowards…..

      • 45 anniebella
        January 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm


        • 46 anniebella
          January 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

          Cindy, I agree.

          • 47 Cindy
            January 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

            Hi annibella,
            Happy Wednesday!

            I am letting off steam. It is soooooooooo disappointing to see these Dems caving, and for no good reason. They should be proud to stand and talk about what they and the President have accomplished in 5 short years. What is wrong with owning Obamacares? Millions are being helped, and they are running.

            Don’t tell me you care about us, and you can’t take ownership of a life saving benefit that is helping millions. One thing about the repukes, even when they lie, they stick together. Dems don’t have to lie and they are running from a President that works hard for “the people” and get things done without the cooperation of the repukes.

            They forget; we the people go to the polls, not the Koch brothers ads. We, real human beings, go to the polls and vote.

  11. 48 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Impressive resume. She is also the 8th woman in President Obama’s current cabinet.

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Striking – Ms. Contreras-Sweet and all the women Pres. Obama has nominated or appointed to work with him, for the good of our country (and its women!).

  12. 50 Linda
    January 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Both Boehner and Freedom Industries have responded to inquires about the $5,000.00 donation he received in 2013.

    The response from both : ” No Comment. “

  13. January 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Even in WY. . .

  14. 54 carolyn
    January 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Bravo LL…..exactly what’s been bothering me. I wrote the DSCC and Organizing for Action (after making a donation) with my idea, telling them to run hard against Kochs, to show that a vote for the Republicans is a vote for the Kochs, and to show them West Virginia as an example of a Koch ruled country. I told them to do pre-emptive strikes when they know where Kochs are going to spend their money, and they will know, to stop quailing and complaining when Republicans start to hit. They should be ready by now.
    I think we ALL need to really agitate these Senators who are backstabbers………
    I’m going to write the DNC also with the same message. I have only Republican senators, and many Demo sites won’t let me write because I’m not from their state.
    These Democrats expect the president to do all the dirty work, all except Nancy Pelosi!!!

    • 55 Cindy
      January 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Hey Carolyn,
      Happy Wednesday!
      I think many of us are so fed up with the foolishness of the Dems. We all need to pile on; twitter, e-mail, regular mail, phone calls, and what ever else it takes. They take our votes for granted and we need to let them know, it’s time to earn my vote. By the way, you joined us yesterday as we were talking about our 4 legged family members. You mentioned that you are down to one now, what is he/she name?

      • 56 carolyn
        January 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

        We have a poodle which we got from a rescue service. We drove to Dodge City from OKC to get her. Her breeder had taken her to a kill center because she was not perfect, and this wonderful woman named Monica who runs a rescue service, rescued her. We saw her on the internet, and five years now she has brought us more joy than could have been anticipated. By poodle standards, she is not perfect, I know for breeding or showing, but she is PERFECT!!! l She is black with a white diamond shaped piece on her chest, so we named her Chanel, because she is always perfectly dressed in basic black with pearls -:)
        Thanks for asking . Right now she is curled up in her bed beside me as I sit on the couch and type.
        We lost a little black cockapoo named Bonnie on inauguration day 2009, and I cried for four weeks until we arranged to get Chanel. I do not do well without a little dog to love and be loved.
        Thanks for asking…..it is great to write about her.

  15. 57 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm


  16. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    January 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Bring a tissue.

  17. 73 57andfemale
    January 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    • 74 Lovepolitics2008
      January 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      The only positive thing in these cases is that it illustrates how dangerous, absurd, those “Stand Your Ground” laws are. The murderer won’t get away with it, but he’s not the first, and won’t be the last, to “act” on his fears and his rage, because he’s persuaded he will get away with it.

      How many victims before the MAJORITY of voters wake up and ask for change ?

      Trying to understand why ALEC has launched this national operation to install the “Stand Your Ground” laws all over America leads you to very uncomfortable thoughts. Even leads to conspiracy territory. Why on earth would you want to create a situation where everyone can act on their irrational fears ? Why on earth would you want to create chaos in a society already fragile because of economic inequality and changing demographics ? What’s the agenda ? What’s the end game ?

      • 75 99ts
        January 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm

        “The murderer won’t get away with it” – Zimmerman did – skittles and tea – is this any different?

      • 76 dotster3
        January 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

        And the open carry that ALEC has pushed in all the states. I wondered if when people feel threatened about going anywhere because of all these gun nuts on the loose, that maybe when business is affected, when their bottom lines are affected, that there might be a change in attitude about the new wild west atmosphere that has resulted. When people stop going to the movies, malls, restaurants etc.—–will that change some minds? And—–yesterday in Florida—-where else—–was the first day guns are allowed on all college campuses. What could go wrong with that brilliant plan???

  18. 77 carolyn
    January 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    These pictures of W VA water should feature prominently in Democratic ads…….these are readymade for Youtube and TV!!! This is what I’m telling the organizations I’m writing.

  19. 78 57andfemale
    January 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    • 79 Cindy
      January 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      and the Dems can’t find something to run on?

      • 80 57andfemale
        January 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

        I ranting right along with you today, Cindy.

        • 81 Cindy
          January 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm

          Hell, I feel like I need a drink, and I don’t even drink.
          Well, I have to go tutor in a few; these two boys better act like they know their Geometry and Algebra 2 today. If not, I may have to go old school and take off the belt. A good way to release the steam-D_ _ Dems getting ready to make me go to jail for whipping someone else kid….grrrrrrrrr grrrrrrrrrr

          Have a great evening everyone!!!!

          P. S. I will take a walk this evening, and leave the belt on. : ) This way, TOD family will not have to come and bail me out.

  20. 83 57andfemale
    January 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    • 84 Nena20409
      January 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      But, but, but, the Quinnipiac, another poll and PEW all said: Moving on, nothing to see here, Christie’s numbers are Solid. Hey, one poll said Repubs sided with Christie +6% points. Hmm? Oh yeah, the polls are signs to push the DC/NY pundits to side-step the Christie story and n NOT report on it 24/7. Isn’t that the sad fate of Today’s News Media profession

    • 87 Lovepolitics2008
      January 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Well, maybe Joe Scar and all the Village will get over their infatuation of CC. Fast. They have been salivating about a Clinton/Christie duel in 2016 for months. They want it so bad; the drama, the tight race, the excitement… We just have to wait for them to go through all the stages of grief…

      Gosh, I hope someone, among the culprits in Christie’s staff, decides he/she’s not going to sacrifice himself/herself for the boss and for “the cause”.

      Thinking of it though, I can wait a bit for Christie to get crushed if it means that the republicans won’t have the time to find another candidate as challenging for democrats as Christie would be.

      • 88 99ts
        January 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        hehehehe – and they aren’t going to have either of them – bet this lot never listen to what they said last week – let alone last year.

  21. 89 JER
    January 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

  22. 90 57andfemale
    January 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    • 91 COS
      January 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      someone should also direct him to Whitehouse.gov to review PBO’s accomplishments. I use to respect this guy. After this, I would never vote for him. He may win Montana but he is not ready for the national stage with this crap.

      • 92 57andfemale
        January 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        Methinks he understands the country, the urban areas as well as he understands PBO’s record. What a jerk.

    • 93 57andfemale
      January 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      This is proof that he has no interest in anyone left of center. He has precious little understanding of anything urban and he doesn’t give a damn about Americans having access to health care.

  23. 94 Linda
    January 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    The GOP’s latest reason to stop abortion is that it would be a ……wait for it……….

    It’s a ” job creator ” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why ? Because all those new kids will need daycare , thus creating more jobs.

  24. 97 Lovepolitics2008
    January 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Wow, and to think that I had entertained the possibility he could be of some help against the republicans, especially Chris Christie, because the guy is , like Christie, the kind of man who can appeal to independents who don’t follow politics very much. The kind of voters who are a bit fearful of the future and want to be reassured by “macho” talk, by “speaks like your neighbor” talk.

    This last episode makes me realize that Schweitzer, in other times, would be a republican. But the republicans are so out of touch with reality these days that he has made the democratic party his home.

    If he thinks he’s going to have some success on the national stage by bashing the president he’s in for an unpleasant surprise. Good grief, I don’t mind some disagreement with President Obama, but the contempt expressed in that interview… I’m fuming. He’s a know-nothing, small minded, FOOL.

    In general, I’m concerned to see that parts of the democratic establishment don’t respect the president. President Obama has more knowledge, perspective, wisdom than his party. BY FAR. It pains me sometimes to see so many democratic officials oblivious to the fact that President Obama is the best thing that has happened to America in a long long time. Poor fools, they don’t get it.

    • 98 Lovepolitics2008
      January 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Feeling I should add this wonderful video: “The Crazy Ones”

      President Obama does follow the rule of law, but DOESN’T follow the “rules” of the Washington game…

  25. 99 57andfemale
    January 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

  26. 101 Gazelle
    January 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    [Views from North Central Blogistan on WV Spill.]:

    […..] First, why on earth was a chemical capable of doing that much damage within a 100 miles of a water source much less in a tank next to the river?

    Second, no one knows how long it has been leaking? Do you just wait for people to get sick and die before you “look into it”?

    Third, “Freedom Industries”? Hello, fake name alert!! Good luck trying to find these guys to pay for cleanup.

    In America, the costs of free enterprise run amok are always borne by the citizens. When will we finally say “that cost is too high”?

    That last question, by the way, is addressed to everyone in America, not just West Virginians. […..]

    More here: http://northcentralblogistan.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/hello-west-virginia-i-have-a-few-questions-for-you/

  27. 102 GGail
    January 15, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    WOW – is this true?

    House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014

    Washington (CNN) — A $1.1 trillion compromise spending bill that funds the government through September won approval Wednesday from the Republican-led U.S. House and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
    The appropriations measure, approved 359-to-67, would roll back some past spending cuts, raise federal worker pay and touch the everyday life of all Americans.
    Compromise on the fiscal year 2014 spending bill is a break from years of congressional funding fights that included a government shutdown last October


  28. 105 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama is awesome.

  29. 106 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm

  30. 108 donna dem 4 obama
    January 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Excellent essay LL!

    I have been rather low key as well due to some of the same frustrations. This might be a little controversial but IMO I think that the Dems in Congress should be more like Republicans as far the falling in line thing goes. This is why. We have never in the history of politics seen the level of obstruction that we are seeing today. Generally when the country is in turmoil and we are going through a horrible recession the politicians rally together for the betterment of the country. PBO got none of this. In the media when a President comes into office he generally gets a honeymoon period. PBO got none of this. Does anyone remember the “First 50 day report card” special that CNN did on PBO back in 2009? It was pathetic that a President who was wading through the worse financial crisis since the great depression and a cable station decided to do a well publicized special to grade his performance on his first 50 days. This had never happened to any other President before him.

    I say all this to explain that what’s happening to this President is unprecedented. You can’t play by the same rules because the Republicans changed the rules on the night of his first inauguration when they decided that no matter what they were going to do everything possible to fight against him on every policy.

    The Republicans leave us no room for disagreement. They are vehemently against any policy we suggest so all the Democrats have are each other. If we show any sign of weakness or disagreement then this right slanted media jumps all over it to heighten the fact we can be somewhat dysfunctional.

    I hope PBO expresses this to the Senate Dems. They need to fall in line and give him full-throated support especially in this election year.

    Also, something else that I have observed over the last few months is that I believe that we are allowing the media to play us with all their Hillary hype. They showcase her and heighten everything she does to annoy and irritate PBO’s supporters and from what I’ve seen their mission has been successful. I am no HRC fan and I personally hope we have a wide open primary in 2016 and a really great Democrat rises to take over the reigns after PBO (I got a little sad writing that). But this pitting us against our own is only serving the Republicans interest IMHO.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • January 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Before PBO came on the scene it was big party boss politics in the Democratic Party sorta like the NJ politics that are playing now …not much talk about empowering WE the People…community organizing etc…

      However the DEMs have shown that they can stand together…the fight against the GOP around the government shutdown and raising the debt limit are an example….changing the filibuster rules are another…in fact for most of the Senate votes…the DEMs have voted in unison…

      altho DEMS have similar issues that they agree on ..I have never thought of them as a party that was moving forward in unity…altho they will move forward in unity on specific issues….

      We have learned from PBOs campaigns that it is possible to defeat big money ….but it takes organization….motivation….and GOTV in the community….community organizing….

      with Booker…the newest member .. used the techniques that PBO used to get elected…

      It will take some heavy lifting to take back the House….but as Mandela said (paraphrasing) It seems impossible till it is done…

  31. 110 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    This is so hilarious.

  32. 111 Nena20409
    January 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    VC has now gotten 3 Gold medals just today? She tied for one and won 2 all by herself.

    Congratulations VC.

  33. 112 Linda
    January 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    There is 1 billion for Obamacare in the Omnibus Bill.

  34. 116 99ts
    January 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    A sad truth to wake up to LL – but the left in my country spend half their time being their own worst enemy – so why should I be surprised.

    There are so many people who vote for RW governments that will – or have been – damaged by same – it party explains why republicans think they have that divine right to rule. Sad.

  35. January 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Just home again, thank yoooooooou LL, you wondrous wordsmith!

  36. 120 Linda
    January 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Ed Schultz is losing his mind over the TPP again……his target ? President Obama.


  37. 122 Lovepolitics2008
    January 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Hey everyone, I haven’t read everything today so maybe this has already been posted,,,

    but this is SO FUN !!

    It has to be known that Chris Christie is a uberfan of Bruce Springsteen…

  38. 124 Nena20409
    January 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    March 13th, 2012.

    I don’t remember this Video.


  39. 126 Nena20409
    January 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Limbaugh can’t make up his mind. He praised Christie. Then attacks Fox for supporting Christie and Now, he calls Bruce Springsteen …..Low Rent?


    Limbaugh was bothered that Springsteen had the nerve to mock and deride such a big fan of his just because he’s a Republican. To Limbaugh, the only people viewed as real fans of artists and celebrities like Springsteen can’t possibly be conservative.

    Limbaugh concluded, “And here is the guy who brought him to tears by talking to him making fun of him on a late night comedy show. That is really––you talk about low rent character.”

  40. 128 Nena20409
    January 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm


    Warren described a feeling of “frustration” and “really just a sense of being appalled” among her fellow Senate Democrats. “You’re willing to do this over politics?” she asked Republicans. “You’re really willing to cut these people off, to leave them with no money to put food on the table, to put a roof over their heads, to take care of their children?”

    “The Republicans are so caught in in playing political games at every single turn,” she continued. “This is about America saying to the Republican Party, you can’t keep blocking everything that moves this country forward. This has to stop.”


    That is what is needed to be done by Dems on any Medium saying, shouting if need be, screaming from the top of Dems Lungs, etc to get the Media to Listen and report the Facts about the State of our Nation, Politics and mostly the Destructive behavior that is the TBGOPers.

    • 129 jackiegrumbacher
      January 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Nena, that’s exactly what has to happen. Elizabeth Warren needs to give classes in a Senate meeting room to her Dem colleagues showing them how to speak plain truths and how to express real and righteous outrage. This should be the tone of every interview, every ad, every town hall, every public contact. “How date the Republicans put politics over humanity, over everything decent.” Sing it, Senator Warren, and please get the chorus going.

  41. 130 Linda
    January 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Ed Schultz is blaming the Democrats for the stall on UI saying they brokered a bad budget deal when it was not included.

    Ed is back on mute.

    • 131 57andfemale
      January 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      I actually kind of agree with that. Would holding the line on UI have scuttled the agreement? Maybe. But it was the one issue that Dem’s expected. What of importance did the Republicans give up? I can’t remember.

      • January 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

        The Republicans didn’t give up anything. I agree with Ed. I said this when they first struck that pathetic budget deal. They should have been hammering the Republicans about the unemployment issue before they even went to the table. After all, the Republicans wanted to scale back sequestration as badly as the Dems.

        • 133 57andfemale
          January 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

          Patty Murray (and frankly a very eager Harry Reid and PBO) gave up UI for “we won’t shut down the government until October.” I’m with you on this. Could they possibly be that naive that this was ever going to get fixed?

  42. 135 yardarm756
    January 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    ICYMI. Look for your costs to access and use the internet to go up in the near future.

    • 136 99ts
      January 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Business is the guiding light for justice in the US – as it is the guiding light for the GOP and the media. I pray this reality doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the world.

      • 137 yardarm756
        January 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        It just might trish. It just might. It takes less than 30 sec for you and me to communicate but could become longer unless we’re will to pay for high speed internet.

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