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A Tweet Or Two

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See, TV head honchos? When you have great representative story telling that reflects the diversity of our world today, you get HUGE ratings

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Paul Waldman: On Obama’s ‘Evolution’ On Same-Sex Marriage

In Obama adviser David Axelrod’s new book, he reveals that in 2008 the future president did indeed believe in marriage equality, but he was persuaded by Axelrod and others that it would be too risky to say publicly. So he took the standard Democratic position at the time, in favor of civil unions but against marriage rights. I imagine that exactly no one is surprised by this. And while it isn’t an excuse for deception, the decision should be understood in the context of that historical moment, The context of Obama’s falsehood is important to understand—both his own thinking and the reception his statements on the matter received.

In 2008, the Democratic Party was undergoing a rapid change in its approach to same-sex marriage, and the stated positions of almost every candidate were in flux. Four years before, when the issue exploded into national debate after the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized marriage equality (their ruling actually came down in late 2003),  Most of the presidential contenders came down in support of civil unions but against marriage rights, a position that just happened to be where the median voter was. By 2008, everyone seemed to understand that the position all the major Democratic candidates were taking was a temporary way-station on the path to an eventual embrace of full marriage equality. Nobody really believed that was where the party and its representatives were going to stay.

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144 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. 9 nospin
    February 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Florida vs. Texas

  2. 12 donna dem 4 obama
    February 10, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    S and T started daycare yesterday… :shock 😎 😯

    #GrandbabiesRTheBest

  3. 33 donna dem 4 obama
    February 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

  4. 36 donna dem 4 obama
    February 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks Nerdy for these awesome, informative tweets!

  5. February 10, 2015 at 8:18 pm

  6. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    February 10, 2015 at 8:19 pm

  7. February 10, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Nerdy, each day I think you’ve outdone yourself on “A Tweet or Two.”
    And then you go and do it again the next day.
    Outstanding round-up. RT’d.

  8. 48 Vicki
    February 10, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you again Nerdy for a trove of all the news that matters plus some that is highly amusing. If people read nothing else every day but these end of day summaries they would still be better informed than most Americans.

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      February 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      I agree, Meta. If Americans read Nerdy’s tweets every night, they would have no need for news shows or newspapers and would be hundred percent smarter and better informed than any one else they know. Then they might actually get out to vote and do so intelligently. And what a revolution that would be.

    • 51 Nerdy Wonka
      February 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks, Vicki.

  9. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    February 10, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  10. 55 nospin
    February 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Nerdy’s tweets provide the best summaries of the day. Kudos to you.

  11. February 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Seeing FLOTUS today receiving guests on the WH tour reminds me that we’ve got to somehow gather a TODer Tour of the White House while POTUS and FLOTUS are still in residence. I don’t know how we can manage it but it seems like we MUST!

    • February 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Michelle Obama is so warm and genuine and spontaneous and I think Jenna was just about a little blown away by her example of a real First Lady of We the People. Just saying.’

      • 77 nospin
        February 11, 2015 at 2:03 pm

        I agree with you meta.

        Jenna had to be affected by FLOTUS’ spirit. She is such a warm and wonderful person.

    • 78 GGail
      February 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      FLOTUS was rocking that dress! And poor Jenna, so used to being around “stiff, phony” politicians, she didn’t know how to behave 😀

    • 79 theo67
      February 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      I actually really liked Jenna in this event – she surprised me with her enthusiasm, and she was respectful to FLOTUS. The apple fell far from the tree… It was a lovely little event.

  12. 80 desertflower
    February 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Lying, embellishing and doing the bidding of their corporate masters is the norm for the MSM. Are they going to fire/suspend/reprimand ALL OF THEM? What BriWi did was so wrong…but all of them need to get reeled in. One network makes its entire living off telling lies…so WTF!

    • 81 arapaho415
      February 10, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      It’s more than that, DF.

      I watched the WHPB today, and the lightbulb went off for me.

      Add “bloodthirsty” to one of the adjectives that best describes our lazy and navel-gazing MSM.

      It was breathtaking to watch the WHPC *completely dismiss* domestic concerns, things that affect Americans in their own backyards (i.e., climate change, gun deaths, etc.) in favor of being aghast at PBO’s perceived (by them) “anti-Semitism” in favor of a “pro-Muslim” core.

      All dog-whistles to lather up the MSM’s RWNJ base.

      But truly, it was astounding how bloodthirsty our MSM is. They would be happy if America were the leader of the 21st century Crusades.

    • 82 MightyPamela
      February 10, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Brian Williams could do no greater service to his country than to take his 6 months ‘reprieve’ and shine a light on every single atrocity the MSM has pulled off on the American people – as I said a few days ago, he has the credibility, and no doubt he has all the inside info he needs and more. Not as revenge, not as a threat, but because someone has GOT to take them down, and he would be a hero, to me at least.

  13. February 10, 2015 at 8:36 pm

  14. February 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Outstanddddddddding Tweetssssss

  15. 86 arapaho415
    February 10, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    So, eight years later, @DavidAxelrod once again is a witness to history:

    • 87 theo67
      February 10, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      I stopped being a fan of Jon Stewart after that fiasco in 2010 with that huge self-aggrandizing event before the mid-terms when he didn’t remind people to vote. He often disrespected the President. And I found his positions to echo far left or even right wing nonsensery at times. I hope he enjoys his retirement.

      • 88 nospin
        February 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm

        “I stopped being a fan of Jon Stewart after that fiasco in 2010 with that huge self-aggrandizing event before the mid-terms when he didn’t remind people to vote. He often disrespected the President. And I found his positions to echo far left or even right wing nonsensery at times.”

        worth repeating.

  16. 89 desertflower
    February 10, 2015 at 8:47 pm

  17. 90 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Wow wow Awesome Tweest NW.
    Au ⭐ for Chipsticks 😎

  18. 92 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 8:49 pm

  19. February 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm

  20. February 10, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Oh, dear.

  21. 103 arapaho415
    February 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I was so moved by the lead photo in today’s R&S, which immediately called to mind the first time I laid eyes on the fabulous Michelle Obama:

  22. February 10, 2015 at 8:58 pm

  23. February 10, 2015 at 9:03 pm

  24. 106 vcprezofan2
    February 10, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I missed this piece of yesterday’s news. (Work really does interfere with my regular life.)

  25. 107 Nerdy Wonka
    February 10, 2015 at 9:10 pm

  26. February 10, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    #FreeSavchenko …

  27. February 10, 2015 at 9:14 pm

  28. 112 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    • 113 jackiegrumbacher
      February 10, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Nena, I can’t believe they actually used the words “jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC news.” Who are these lunatic millions who place trust in any news source in the US? They are all hypocrites and liars, every last one of them.

  29. 114 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    • 115 Nena20409
      February 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      I have an uneasiness of this story.
      Last night, Jon Stewart had Basseem(sp) the Doctor Egyptian “Jon Stewart” last night and today, he is stepping down? When is his last day on the air? The statement released said that JonS will be there until the end of the year, as the Head of the Daily Show? Oh well, I am sure that the whole truth will be known in due time.

      • 116 arapaho415
        February 10, 2015 at 9:52 pm

        You’re thinking there’s a connection between the Egyptian Doctor being on Stewart’s show and Stewart stepping down?

        Most of TODville stopped watching Stewart years ago, when his shows began to feel like abash-Obama telethons.

        • 117 Nena20409
          February 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

          Yep. Why announce his departure on a Tuesday? It just seems just too fishy. The guy was hired as a Contributor to TDS. I hope that I am wrong.

        • 118 idon
          February 11, 2015 at 4:29 pm

          I watch the infrequent clip of a Jon Stewart but I stopped watching when the PBO bashing started.

    • 119 Jeff
      February 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      good riddance! Sorry if I offended anyone.

  30. 122 vcprezofan2
    February 10, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Could that CSpan tweet provide evidence that Smiley’s annoyance at PBO goes further back than we thought? 😉 😉 Seems like BHO upstaged Smiley on CSpan with his campaign announcement. Couple that with not inviting him to the inauguration and I so understand Smiley’s not getting over the slights. NOT

  31. 123 GGail
    February 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    NW, thanks for posting this tweet. It is exactly how I feel.

    Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady
    Follow
    Talking about lynchings or marking where they occurred absent white accountability is just more senseless consumption of black pain.

    • 124 Nerdy Wonka
      February 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      You’re welcome, GGail.

      AngryBlackLady’s tweets are truthful and to the point.

    • 125 arapaho415
      February 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Historical landmarks provide visibility of what occurred.

      Most Americans have no idea where lynchings actually occurred, just have a vague notion that they happened “someplace else” and a long time ago.

      Increased visibility raises awareness in open-minded White people, and provides a public venue for future commemorations and protests.

      It’s a starting point and provides a physical location for white accountability to take place.

  32. 126 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    So Midwesterners are the Cheapest spenders for Valentine’s Day ❓ 😦

  33. February 10, 2015 at 9:39 pm

  34. 128 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    UnAmerican.

  35. February 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Countries should invest more in internal surveillance for these wackos hidden right among ordinary people.

  36. 132 arapaho415
    February 10, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Lesley says that 12 lawmakers will #BoycottBibi:

  37. February 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Just happened to see this. Sorry if it was already posted.

  38. February 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    • 137 arapaho415
      February 10, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Xi did bring up the subject of Iran. 🙂

  39. 138 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm

  40. 139 4morefor44
    February 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    an actual “teacher of the year” and former classmate (she actually graduated, unlike him) of crazy scottie walker has a few words for him:
    https://marquetteeducator.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/an-open-letter-to-governor-walker/

    kochs/adelman seemed to have given the a-okay for scottie, so “the news” is on-board fluffing him up every day now. might want to start revealing more truths about him before they get too far with fooling more and more people about this lunatic.

  41. February 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm

  42. 142 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    • 143 arapaho415
      February 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      The sports anchor works at an CBS affiliate.

      Our media does such a poor job of reporting the facts — what happened to who, what, where, when in reporting?


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