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never has the base so disliked a dem president! oh, wait…..

President Obama currently enjoys a higher popularity among Democratic voters than every Democratic president dating back to Harry Truman had at similar junctures in their presidencies. (Huffy Post)


227 Responses to “never has the base so disliked a dem president! oh, wait…..”


  1. 1 Brian
    July 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Chipsticks,
    You work harder on vacation than most people do on the job! :)
    Hope you are having a wonderful time.

  2. July 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Good morning Brian, you must be getting ready for work like me… This site is so addictive because I must check it before I leave out for the day..

    • 5 Brian
      July 28, 2011 at 7:16 am

      Hi, Michele,
      Actually, I’m a retired public school teacher (or in Tea Party parlance, a socialist leech sucking on the public teat), but after 35 years of “early to bed, early to rise,” I just can’t break the habit.
      Like you, I’m a TOD junkie who always need his morning fix. Have a wonderful day!

      • July 28, 2011 at 7:24 am

        Hey Brian, enjoy your day and make a few phone calls to Washington, D.C., if you can.. If you go to Rhandi Rhodes website click on the crying baby and she has a link which is very easy to read and bother the hell out of some of those criminals on the Far Right..

        See ya later.

      • July 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

        Brian, you are too funny.

    • 8 prettyfoot58
      July 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

      ditto

  3. 9 dotster
    July 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Here is some hilarious news and more proof that the arc of history bends toward justice: My crazy tea party rep., Joe Walsh, who has been all over the teevee with insane anti-Obama bashing, one of the worst of the teabaggers currently holding the country hostage, is being sued by his ex-wife for $100,000 in unpaid child support. All kinds of other shameful tidbits. Think the story was breaking in Chgo Sun Times but here is my local paper’s report —in his district: http://www.nwherald.com/2011/07/28/joe-walsh-sued-for-100k-in-child-support/aizlr5k/

    • July 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

      Don’t throw stones if your ass lives in a glass house joe the smuck walsh… Do you think we would have ever known this information if he wasn’t willing to blow up the economy? my answer is no… On Rhandi Rhodes show she reported that China only owns 10% of USA debt and 65% is owned by Americans.. So as a proud American, I need this crap worked out so we don’t lose…

    • 11 Brian
      July 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

      Add this story to his earlier foreclosure problems, and we have an accurate picture of Mr. Walsh as the typical “Do as I say, not as I do” Teapublican. The Sun Times also described this fool in an editorial as a “loud mouth with nothing to say.”

      • 12 dotster
        July 28, 2011 at 7:44 am

        It’s the leading story on all the local Chgo news also. It’s so fitting. The teabagger who has been blasting Obama and the Dems about financial responsibility has lived a life of financial irresponsibility. A former campaign mgr. is suing him for $20,000 in unpaid salary, his home foreclosed, refusing to pay support for his 3 children while taking trips to Mexico and Italy with a girlfriend etc. His whole original campaign staff quit when they became familiar with him. He’s a disreputable snake. And every cable program has been featuring him shouting nonsensical rants about fiscal responsibility and airing his vid saying, “Stop lying, President Obama”. What in the world is this kind of person doing in Congress?

        • 13 COS
          July 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

          Very interesting. I think more research should be done on this gang of 80 or so tea baggers swept into office in 2010. I am sure there is a whole lot of hypocrisy going on among this bunch. They all need to be exposed. (slap me. I am sounding like Bachmann). :)

          • 14 Brian
            July 28, 2011 at 7:53 am

            You don’t sound like Michelle at all! Unlike Michelle, your comment makes sense. :)

            Ironically, this gang will make it easier to do research on them because I’ve never seen a group of freshmen who are such publicity whores.

        • 15 ChristiMtl
          July 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

          Good morning gang,

          Twitter was on fire last night when the story came out.
          To see that it’s the leading story on all the local Chgo news is good to know!!! Thanks Dotster.
          I can see his arrogant face in his video, saying ”HAVE YOU NO SHAME SIR” talking about the President.

          Oh Karma is sweet…..

          • 16 Obama Grandmama
            July 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

            Where is the 4th estate before the elections? Shouldn’t they be vetting these candidates and letting voters know about these candidates situations that might affect their capability to do the job?

          • 17 geegee
            July 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm

            Why is it that the very fools who are out there being bombastic and self righteous seem to be the ones with the most crap in their lives?

        • 18 Fred
          July 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

          so happy to wake up at 4 with AbcChicago 7 and NBC5 talking about this :D

        • July 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

          Please tell me how something like that could have been elected. It is ashame that he was.

    • 20 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Delicious.

      Of course these teabaggers are opportunists — public office is only their next grifting scheme. Like master grifters Palin and Bachmann, they will get a government salary, government benefits (including government healthcare!), government pension and so forth. These anti-government folks are making a living off of tax dollars.

      They put the H in hypocritical. They’re all malformed personalities — narcissists, sociopaths, low IQs, selfish, greedy, and stupid.

      I hope they’re all exposed. :evil:

    • 21 virginia
      July 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

      I heard it was $117,000. Let’s get it right, I don’t want to look over a nickel of it. This guy has been one of the most OBNOXIOUS members of the tea party. He’s been in office for SEVEN MONTHS and you would think he had been elected President. It was clear from the very beginning that he was another republican jackass. Now we know he’s a “family” values” Republican that doesn’t take care of his kids. I am not surprised.

  4. 22 joyce
    July 28, 2011 at 7:28 am

    That explains why that Joe Walsh seems so angry all the times I’ve seem him. Make me think about the rest of those teabaggers.

  5. 24 Sue in Minnesota
    July 28, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I suspect Joe Walsh is never to blame for the shit storms that surround him. Narcissistic, mean spirited jerk. I hope his salary as a US Rep is garnished…no reason he can’t pay off the $100,000 he owes his wife and still live off the approximately $75,000 remaining. He needs to meet his obligations just like the rest of us, unless of course he really is as ‘special’ as he seems to think he is.

    Imagine how popular President Obama would be if we were enjoying healthier economic conditions. He would be off the charts. Keep up the excellence sir, you are our North Star.

    • 25 ChristiMtl
      July 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

      Imagine going to court numerous times for 9 freaking years. That’s what his ex-wife did.

      His salary is now 175,000 not including all the extras like the free lunches, free rides,

      No way he can’t be pay her.

      How many times did he call the President a liar?….

      And when he went on Chris Matthews and referred to the President to Matthews as ”Your President” not even acknowledging that he was his President as well.

      I was in shock of his lack of class. What a scumbag.

      • 26 Audrey
        July 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

        Don’t forget the kickbacks and handouts from the Koch brothers et all for being their loudmouth bitch and carrying their water!

        Joe Walsh has been so suspicious and obvious in his desperate move to be relevant and now we know why! Bitch has bee looking to get paid!

    • 27 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

      We should drop him an email and tell him to help solve our debt issues by paying HIS debt for starters…child support? They SHOULD garnish his wages!

  6. July 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I wanted to go read the article that includes this chart, but I’ll chew of my own arm before I give HuffPost a click.

  7. 34 Fred
    July 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

    out of touch fucker :roll:

    Rep. Broun Trivializes Massive Spending Cuts: It’s Just Like Having To Drop Out Of A Country Club
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/07/27/280903/rep-broun-trivializes-massive-spending-cuts-its-just-like-having-to-drop-out-of-a-country-club/

    • 35 ChristiMtl
      July 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

      Isn’t he the genius who wants to lower the debt ceiling instead of raising it?

      • 36 desertflower
        July 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

        Yeah…what an f’ing ignorant jerk..he has NO IDEA what raising the debt ceiling means, and he’s NOT NEW to congress!! Wake up. Georgia!!!

  8. 37 Fred
    July 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

    yes yes yes :D

    BREAKING: Applications for unemployment benefits fall below 400,000
    http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/employment/2011-07-28-unemployment-numbers_n.htm

  9. 38 Fred
    July 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Mitt Romney, courting the Koch family — Koch fundraiser on Martha’s Vineyard
    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1354620&format=text

    • 39 Fred
      July 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

      More on Romney’s event yday — WP reports the company got stimulus $$, grew because of tax loopholes and got afg contracts
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romney-visiting-ohio-factory-says-obamas-policies-are-bad-for-business/2011/07/27/gIQA5pchdI_story.html?tid=wp_ipad

      • 40 carol
        July 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

        After reading this I consider this plant owner a huge hypocrite with a capital H!!
        Taking money from local, state and federal money…and then even taking money
        from the stimulus, and now bad mouthing the president…it makes me furious!
        This just shows how low Romney will stoop when he uses this plant & this man
        to spew his negative rhetoric. They deserve each other in my book. :(

    • 41 57andFemale
      July 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

      In some ways, Romney scares me the most: he has no soul, no moral compass and will do whatever his masters tell him to do. He is the perfect Stepford President for the evil cabal.

    • July 28, 2011 at 9:29 am

      I still wonder if Meg Whitman has been repaid under the table for her “self-funding”. Sen. Johnson already has and he only self-funded $8M. Whitman dropped over $100M – California would have been HUGE in the ALEC/Koch plans, imagine what’s going on in Wisconsin or Florida in California.

      I think one of the reasons Romney is liked by the Koch’s is that he has the ability to “self-fund”, especially late in the race, he could drop whatever money is needed and nobody would question it. Than a few years later the Koch Bros will payback the money he “self-funded”.

    • 44 Audrey
      July 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Romney is desperate! Even his Mormon folks are pitching in to help by trying to put “the church of jesus latter day saints” out in the mainstream!
      They are running ads on so-called “progressive radio” and have little youtube videos of “normal” “ordinary” black, hispanic, cool people who are Mormon!
      If it is “normal” to be, why put out ads telling us it is? Lol!

  10. 45 hopefruit2
    July 28, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Nancy Pelosi to give a live press conference at 10:45AM.
    WH press briefing at 11:00AM.

    http://cspan.org/

  11. 46 MTmarilyn
    July 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

    This is my work day so will not be able to make any calls but I will be sending some emails. We all must stay strong and support our President and out Dem Congressman. Have a great day everyone!

  12. July 28, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Potentially a big day today, and Boehner’s plan will go to a vote in the House, and then even possibly the Senate. There was a theory floating about that Boehner will call an immediate recess after the vote and send everybody home until September. The reason being he is pretty cocksure when he talks about how the Senate will fold when they have no choice but to vote for the Boehner bill. However I think it would be terrible optics with the GOP essentially running out of Washington. Not to mention the Dem Reps would stay behind and could hold a killer presser in the half empty House with the Reid bill in hand. It would also give President Obama a killer case for emergency measures to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally.

  13. 50 utaustinliberal
    July 28, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Gahhh!!!!!!! Morning Joe is nuts this morning. Thank God for Lawrence or I would have lost my daman mind. Don’t get me wrong, Lawrence was somewhat annoying when he was talking about the debt ceiling debate and said PBO was playing games and manipulating everybody. That this was just a game for everyone in Washington and at the end of the day it looks like we’ll end up with a clean debt ceiling. He then said that though it was political machinations PBO has won the debate among democrats, independents and some republicans. That at the end of the day he comes out looking like the responsible adult, like an intelligent individual and strong leader who knows that compomise isn’t a dirty word. Joe Scarborough kept trying to insinuate all morning that PBO is weak, disinterested in running the country, that Boehner is the strong one.. yadi yada yah. At that point Lawrence was a Godsend. He lambasted Joe and the teabaggers for the mess the country is in right now. He defended the President and told Joe that he should stop crowing and counting his chickens before they’re hatched because President Obama has won this debate. He has successfully exposed the dangerous nature of the GOP and that when this debate is over, they’ll know that they should NEVER EVER count President Obama out. He told Joe that President Obama is smarter than all of them including Joe put together. That he always thinks 10 to 20 steps ahead and he knows exactly what he is doing; plus he has a crackshot White House team behind him and they are and have been A+ since this mess began. He pretty much shut Joe up. Joe’s face was like oh shit PBO is going to come out of this mess looking better than I thought and no matter how much mud I throw at him, it doesn’t seem to stick. He kept asking Lawrence if he was sure that PBO would come out better than the repubs in the polls. Lawrence’s expression was like how much of a dumbass are you? Even John Heileman said that PBO has pretty much won this debate and when the debt ceiling issue is resolved, look out for the polls because PBO would have gottem more independents and swing voters to get behind him.

    The real meat of the show was when Cultist in Chief Grover Norquist came on to defend his no taxes pledge and Lawrence lit into him. I mean LIT INTO HIM!!!!!! It was a no holds barred drag down intellectual fight on Lawrence’s part. My goodness, on legislative issues Lawrence O’Donnell is a freaking enclyopedia of information. He decimated Grover and Joe with sheer brilliance and wit. He read a tweet from one of his viewers in which the viewer told Lawrence to punch Grover in the face and kick him hard in the shins for the mess he has contributed to. Mika was like oh that’s not fair, he’s not really responsible and Joe was like why would read that? That’s not fair. Really??!!!! That’s not fair? What about the messed up, deranged pledge he got congressmembers to sign effectively putting the majority of Americans and the economy into grave danger? Lawrence told Grover that he has a hand in this mess. That letting the Bush tax cuts expire is not raising taxes and what Grover is doing is akin to treason. He went on the attack and everytime Grover tried to explain himself he kept boxing himself into a corner. It was a thing of beauty. Lawrence just hit him with question after question. Why do you want the country to go into default? Do you understand that the debt ceiling has to be raised and will be raised? Are you going to primary the GOP members who vote to raise the debt ceiling? Why are you so comfortable screwing over the middle class and protecting the uber wealthy? Then Joe Scarborough tried to take on Lawrence with the meme that dems are cowards, have never and will never cut entitlements. Lawrence then turned to Joe and called him a LIAR!!!. He told him that he was better than that and he should stop lying. He kept saying “Joe you’re a LIAR!!!” He reminded Joe that when he (Joe) was in congress in the 90’s Clinton cut Medicare, that there were always spending cuts and tweaks to Medicare and a majority of congressmembers signed off on it; including democrats so he should stop peddling that untruth.

    Joe then decided to try and shout Lawrence down as he usually does and Lawrence ripped him to shreds. Lawrence began yelling at him too and Joe backed off. It was a thing of beauty to witness. Joe then backtracked and tried to play the “responsible” republican and “concerned” citizen. He tried to say if dems had agreed to the GOP’s sensible tax cuts then the GOP would have agreed to closing tax loopholes. What a crock!!! Lawrence told him that this is not the GOP of the 90’s; that this is the GOP owned, bought, and controlled by that man! And then he pointed at Norquist. Joe then tried to portray Norquist’s tax pledge as reasonable by saying that he’s (Joe) not an ideologue and he would have signed Norquist’s pledge had he still been a member of congress and that he would have found a way to close tax loopholes that wouldn’t have violated the pledge. He kept trying to cozy up to Norquist; so Lawrence looked at Norquist and asked him if Joe decided to vote to close tax loopholes what would Grover do to him. Grover looked at Joe and told him point blank that he would primary him in a second. That stumped Joe because he had been defending Grover and yet Grover was willing to throw him under the bus. What Lawrence made everyone realize this morning is that Grover and his cult are dangerous and Grover would throw his mom under the bus if it meant he could screw over President Obama and the dems.

    This is their twitter handles in case anyone wants to tweet anyone of them. Lawrence (@Lawrence or @TheLastWord) Joe (@joeNBC) Mika (@morningmika) and Grover (@GroverNorquist)

    ps: Sorry for the long commentary but it was just too good not to tell in its entirety.

    • 51 ChristiMtl
      July 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Don’t say sorry for the long commentary UT, I LOVE your summary. Thank you so much

      I saw about 10 minutes of it. Scarborough wouldn’t shut up arrhhh….but Lawrence was amazing.

      I’m surprise Lawrence was there and not Harold Ford or something, you know, for balance *yuck*.

    • 52 Fred
      July 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

      facking B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T utaustinliberal
      I want to thank you for this :D

    • 53 57andFemale
      July 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Well, yea Lawrence!

    • July 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Your recap was stellar. Lawrence was brilliant. Mika was an idiot. Joe couldn’t handle Lawrence so he shut Mika down then tried to apologize in the next segment. Mika looked like she was in tears. Joe is an ignorant bully. Lawrence was outnumbered, but he kicked their butts. I’ve been tweeting too. I want to find a number for the Norquist weasels organization so we can shut down their phones.

      • 55 ChristiMtl
        July 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

        Contact ATR

        Americans for Tax Reform
        722 12th Street, NW
        Fourth Floor
        Washington, DC 20005
        Office: 202-785-0266
        Fax: 202-785-0261

        Read more: http://www.atr.org/contact#ixzz1TPK3u9mJ

        • 56 virginia
          July 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

          Thanks. Right downtown–half way between the White House and the Capitol. Appropriate sense he thinks he owns the town. But not any more. He’s put himself out there, and he is being exposed. He’s all over the place recently. I just wish someone would ask him, “WHO do you think you are??? And then ask Republicans, “Why are you listening to this guy??

    • 57 Betsy
      July 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

      THANK you so much. What a show. I can’t watch it as I’m off to go on vacation. I really appreciate your post. Way to go Lawrence!

    • July 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Lordy. Don’t be sorry. Thank you so much.

      Wow, I would’ve paid to watch that one. It is high time these people are called out. Joe Scarborough, who tries to pretend like he is someone in the middle is a farce.

      Lawrence should have told him to stop peddling the Republican talking points, just like Carney did with Ed Henry yesterday.

      UT, thanks so much for sharing this. Lawrence can be way out there sometimes, but seems like he did good this a.m.

    • 60 ChristiMtl
      July 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

      I have to add something, UT don’t stop doing this please. The longer the better, you are so good at this!!!

      I love it every time I see that you posted a long comment in here.
      And I always follow your lead on Twitter!

    • 63 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

      Girl — thanks for watching so we don’t have to! :-P

      That’s my babydaddy, Lawrence. You go, boy!

      • 64 Me4obama
        July 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

        Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha PJ, Lawrence is your baby daddy!!!!

        • 65 PoliticalJunkessa
          July 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

          I like menz that know how to layeth the smackdown — it’s so sessy! :mrgreen:

          • 66 PoliticalJunkessa
            July 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

            Plus he has a big head, which means lots of brains — even sessier! :-P

            • 67 Sue in Minnesota
              July 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm

              Well a big head could be indictative of a lot of empty space ;)….but not Lawrence…he is smart, has practical experience, has the courage of his convictions and he is a decent and compassionate human being. He and Rev Al. are getting it done.

      • 68 desertflower
        July 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

        :) Funny!

    • July 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

      Love YOU UT…..I watched Joe before I left this morning for work and was steaming as I drove to work…..

      Thanks for your run-down because now I have a smile on my face………Brilliant!

    • 70 Brian
      July 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

      UT, you are WONDERFUL.

    • 71 prettyfoot58
      July 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Oooooooooooooooooo weeeeeeeeee…..don not be sorry…..i felt like i was there…..i wanted to stand up and shout…but i am at work…..yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooo

    • July 28, 2011 at 10:42 am

      UT,
      I don’t post much but read TOD daily. This site is great and your recap is just brilliant! :)

    • 73 Anonymous
      July 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

      edp4bho here, anon at work. UT…….THANK YOU!! Keep it coming.

    • 74 Bobfr
      July 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

      Great recap ut!!!

      Thank you.

      Love the graphic, Chipsticks!

      BTW, it’s obvious to everyone, irrespective of what any newstainer says – President Obama may play bb and golf – but he does not play ‘games’ (as OBL’s widows can affirm).

      Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 75 Sue in Minnesota
      July 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

      I refuse to watch Joe and his clique of arrogant, pompous , self righteous privileged children……..but in the past I have witnessed Lawrence in action. Fierce, and he comes with both barrels loaded with facts, he demands and defends the truth. He usually sends Joe scrambling up his tail pipe in search of cover. Lawrence destroys his credibility and usually pokes holes in that massive balloon that is Joe’s ego. Mika, the enabler and placater is worthless….she reminds me of a submissive housewife 50’s style, always standing by her man, soothing his ego and putting bandaids on his boo-boo’s. She is no role model for the woman of today.

      I wonder if Grover Norquist will refuse to go on Lawrence’s show from here forward….he really needs to be exposed more fully to the American people. Someone also needs to hit home that our elected representatives should not be signing pledges to outside interest groups. None, zip, nada. The sworn oath they take to serve and protect the constitution and the people they serve should be the only pledge they are bound to. Enough of the dog and pony shows. And how is it that Norquists pledge is given greater clout than our own founding documents. Those that have signed it have been treating it with such reverance as if it were the Ten Commandments.
      Sometimes I think we live in the United States of Stupid.

      Really weird and O/T…..I slept poorly last night and was up and down. When I was sleeping I was having very lucid, ibuprofen fueled dreams. Ibuprofen has that effect on me. Anyway, a photograph of Mika and her Dad became the focus of one sequence of my dream. She was in her mid teens….I recognized her, and put alot of energy into studiying her appearance and the body language of both her and her father. Now I think it odd she is part of today’s conversation. Sorry for the detour.

    • 76 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

      OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for that…sorry I missed it. Maybe LO will re enact some of that tonight! Fierce. I hope everyone that Tweets, Tweets!

      • 77 HZ
        July 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        Oh thank you UT. No sorry. You were brilliant in the recapping. Lawrence is my boyfriend(makes me a little upset with BM etc.) but I can’t stop loving a man with brains that being used properly. Just has always been my weakness for life. I am sure that will make up after this, and the thanks goes to you UT. Love you for bringing this great news to the family. I need to call Lawrence and tell him where we will have dinner tonight. Love you all back so very much. HZ

      • 78 desertflower
        July 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

        Bet he still wishes West Wing was still on TV…(I know I do) he would have a boatload of scrips from this bunch! Thank LO today!!!

    • 79 Sue in Minnesota
      July 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Thank you UT for a very thorough instant replay. I would have been cheering out loud had I witnessed O’Donnell mopping the floor with their perfidity. Awesome….I am sending Mr. O’Donnell a word of thanks and support.

    • 80 Mae who love our CIC
      July 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Please don’t apologize. Thought I was reading a good novel. You are brilliant. Thanks for the recap.

    • 81 Obama Grandmama
      July 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      I cannot bear to watch Joe S but watch Lawrence O. Hope a video clip of your described assault is posted so we can enjoy it too.

    • July 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Hey UT!!! I’m just now getting to the highlight of my life!! I read your commentary and immediately sent off a love not to Lawry telling him how awesome I heard he was this morning. Now I’m going to lower myself and watch the clip online.

    • 83 tally
      July 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      OMFGAWDS!!!! I NEED A LINK!!!!!

    • 85 Anonymous
      July 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      UT I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch Morning Joke for a long time. THANK YOU so much for describing LO’s takedowns! BRILLIANT! LOVE IT! Never apologize for saving those of us who can no longer watch these idiots and their misinformation shows. Don’t know how you do it, but I’m thankful.
      Also, I forgot to say THANK YOU CHIPS for giving us somewhere to get the truth and support for our POTUS. Don’t know where I’d be without the TOD site.

  14. 86 carolyn
    July 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Love that chart! I told my husband and he said….no surprise, we’re solid, and they never poll us. Someone upthread is right…imagine if economic times were good…he’d be through the roof. I learned something yesterday…..I had a good night’s sleep last night because I didn’t watch ANY political shows after dinner. Monday night I watched LOD, and fought the debt ceiling all night. No more of that. Yesterday that calm feeling came to me…this is going to be okay. The President, Reid and Pelosi have got this. Boehner is the one who will fold.

  15. 88 ingrid
    July 28, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Hello Everone, your overseas observer saw on the Daily Kos that Move On folks in Washington DC will be taking it to the streets today at 12:00 noon and that a group of Democratic congresspeople will be having a press conference at 1:00 p.m. in the area near the Capitol building. Check it out

  16. 89 57andFemale
    July 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

    p.m. Carpenter as usual is brilliant.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/

  17. 90 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Sweet numbers. They just don’t know WHAT to do with President Barack “TEFLON” Obama…….LOL….. :mrgreen: !

    • 91 Titti
      July 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Dayum I was thinking that ‘Teflon’ handle too but more like TP – Teflon Prez. They can stay pressed and baffled at these numbers.

  18. 92 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I got to see the Rev. Al’s show last night for the first time. It was fun — he brings a perspective and style unlike anyone else’s on the channel. Good move by MSNBC.

  19. July 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Chips, sorry to link to the Orange satan and pls feel free to delete if you want. But this diary about what a fraud Bill Maher is, is something to read.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/28/999825/-The-Fraud-That-Is-Bill-Maher

  20. 98 57andFemale
    July 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

    This supposedly is the list of tea party crazies in the House who are still ‘undecided’. If any of them is your representative, first of all accept my condoleneces. But if one is your rep, contact him/her. Okay, Jean Schmidt is hopeless, but clog up her phone lines anyway.

    Joe Barton (Texas)
    Dan Benishek (Mich.)
    Dan Burton (Ind.)
    Trent Franks (Ariz.)
    Randy Hultgren (Ill.)
    Raul Labrador (Idaho)
    Jeff Landry (La.)
    Tom Latham (Iowa)
    Tom Marino (Pa.)
    Jeff Miller (Fla.)
    Jean Schmidt (Ohio)
    David Schweikert (Ariz.)
    Tim Scott (S.C.)
    Joe Wilson (S.C.)

    • July 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

      Call them and tell them to vote against the Boehner plan. If it is defeated, it’s a huge blow to Boehner and a huge gain for Reid’s bill. If Boehner’s bill is defeated it could fracture the party completely.

    • 104 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      Trent Franks is a NO vote. I called. That guy wouldn’t be happy unless we were all homeless, helpless and living out of garbage cans. I called Schweikert’s office and role played. I knew those damn thespian awards from high school would come in handy one day! In my best hilljack cowboy drawl, I asked if he was “gonna vote for that Boner Bill?” (yes, said Boner bill) She said he hadn’t decided yet was there anything I wanted to pass along to the congressman? I said, ” I think he oughta vote against that Boner Bill .Doesn’t go far enough. We need to cut out the waste and abuse. why don’t them Teaparty folks get their own bill? (knowing it would never happen) SHE GOT SO EXCITED, HER WHOLE TONE CHANGED. She thought she was going to get slammed about voting for this….she said “Ok I’ll let him know” asked my name, and I told her that I didn’t live in his district, put I say that he didn’t know what he was doing (bet she didn’t get that underhanded joke) and I thought that I would help him out! IT WAS PRICELESS!!!!! Fun. too:)

      • July 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

        Just freakin’ priceless, desertflower!!! You guys are so clever with this. Yes, why don’t the Tea Party freaks come up with their own bill? Great idea.

        • 106 desertflower
          July 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          Great fun! And a good diversion from my real anger at this whole thing. Glad you liked…TRY IT, YOU’LL LIKE IT!

      • 107 Bobfr
        July 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

        My Texas drawl – that I never really had though I lived there for 22 years (ugh!!) – came in really handy these past 24 h :)

        Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

        • 108 desertflower
          July 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

          I imagine that it did, Bob…we ALL sound like GWB NOW!!! They LOVE that!

          • 109 PoliticalJunkessa
            July 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

            Y’all are too funny!

            I know that if I called I would go way too far — I would start out with a drawl and telling them not to vote for the bill, but then I would have to take it too far: “Yeah, tell him not to vote for it, because we need to run this thing like a kitchen table and we don’t need no good credit rating, and I don’t care if we default and go bankrupt, we need to let this whole country burn down — we don’t need no highways or schools or clean water or clean air — we need to get rid of that devilish Social Security and Medicare and just live off the land — we just need to start from scratch and have Jeebus tell us what to do — I say we go back to just gold and bartering — all I need is my Bible and my guns ………….YEE-HAW!!!”

      • July 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm

        DF, you are fricking awesome!!! I’m about to call and do the “make your own bill bit” too!!!!

      • 113 Eleroy
        July 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

        Desert, you little rotter!!! LOL!!!

  21. 115 Anonymous
    July 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Got this from the OFA website comments

    —–
    Sometimes I like to listen to conservative talk radio to hear the Republican’s talking point. On Mark Levin’s radio show he was going off on Boehner, McConnell, Wall Street Journal and every other RINO. He thinks the tea party is going to get screwed and is being thrown under the bus. Ironically he was ranting about how the Republicans always give in and how the Democrats always stick together (sound familiar).

    When I hear these types of comments coming from both sides, I know that President Obama is governing from the center.

    —–

    PBO knows what he’s doing. Compromise is not a dirty word.

  22. 116 Tulips
    July 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Good morning all the best we can do about Grover Norquist is to tweet senators asking for invesitgations into pledges. i tweeted Barbara Boxer , because she usually move on things.

    • 117 COS
      July 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

      I think that the people who actually sign this pledge should be held accountable, whether they are a democrat or republican. IMO, Grover’s pledge would not be worth the paper it is written on, if no one signed it. The people signing this are allowing this pledge to exist.

      • 118 Sue in Minnesota
        July 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        I wrote both Senators and my House regarding this issue, questioning it’s legality, and asking for investigation and corrective action if they consider it waranteed. I suggested the intransigent nature of Republicans was tantamount to domestic terrorism, and that Americans anxiety and fear was not imagined, it was very, very real.

    • 119 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Absolutly tulips. Is she on the Senate Ethics Committee? We need to find out who is on the Senate and House (Would that be ISSA? dear god, that would go nowhere fast) Ethics Committees and email, Tweet, fax. etc..them. They all wave that flag like they’re patriotic, but they do everything possible to go against the democratic principles they say they are upholding. I hope this thing EXPLODES, and more people become away of the farces these people really are. OUTSIDE TO PLAY IN THE SUNSHINE GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. 120 Fred
    July 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

    morning Tul :)

    @tspj22 T
    Hope Scarborough rinses his mouth out with Listerine after his Norquist suckfest. And Mika could be replaced with a hologram.
    http://twitter.com/#!/tspj22
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  24. July 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    The House vote on Boehner’s craptastic bill is expected today at about 5:15 – 6:15pm Eastern.

  25. July 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    WE HAVE COME TO THIS:

    Scenarios: Obama’s options if no deal on debt ceiling hike

    (Reuters) – If the impasse over the U.S. debt limit is not broken soon, President Barack Obama will be forced to decide how he will manage the crisis.

    The United States is drifting closer to a credit rating downgrade and default as Obama’s Democrats and their Republican rivals work on competing plans to cut spending and raise the debt ceiling.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and a small team of his aides have worked on contingency plans should Congress fail to raise the U.S. borrowing limit by an August 2 deadline.

    Officials said on Wednesday the Treasury will lay out a plan in the next few days about how the government will operate if it appears Congress may miss the deadline.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/28/us-usa-debt-options-idUSTRE76R0AV20110728

  26. 132 Kasai
    July 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Good Morning Everyone:-)

    For your convenience here are the numbers of the Teaparty list 57andFemale provided,

    Thank you.

    Joe Barton (Texas) 202-225-2002

    Dan Benishek (Mich.) 202-225-4735

    Dan Burton (Ind.) 202-225-2276

    Trent Franks (Ariz.) 202-225-4576

    Randy Hultgren (Ill.) 202-225-2976

    Raul Labrador (Idaho) 202-225-6611

    Jeff Landry (La.) 202-225-4031

    Tom Latham (Iowa) 202-225-5476

    Tom Marino (Pa.) 202-225-3731

    Jeff Miller (Fla.) 202-225-4136

    Jean Schmidt (Ohio) 202-225-3164

    David Schweikert (Ariz.) 202-225-2190

    Tim Scott (S.C.) 202-225-3176

    Joe Wilson (S.C.) 202-225-2452

    • July 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

      I’ve been calling to say I don’t think Boehner’s bill goes far enough. Typical t-party talking point. And I’ve been very polite using a little old lady voice. It’s working. Hee hee.

      • July 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

        Proud, you are an evil genuis. I love it. My persona is an old woman with a very an accent made up from nowhere land. And they are just tickled pink with me when I tell them why I am calling.

        Before I hang up, I innocently ask if they are getting similar calls.

        One young guy was giddy, telling me they have been getting so many calls in this direction. Then I say, this is gooood, viddy, viddy goooood. Ok. Goddybye and gooodluck!!

    • 136 57andFemale
      July 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Hey, thanks for doing that!

    • 137 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      I think my posts is upthread somewhere. I also have been roleplaying today in my best cowboy twang! Hilarious!!!! They get all excited and happy when they hear you think it should go farther…what the hell kind of koolaid are they making those 20 somethings drink! Anyway. I knew those thespian awards I won in HS many moons ago would come in handy!!!!!! Great Fun! Try it guys, you’ll like it:)

    • July 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      I called the first one asking for a Teapoop bill and the lady was very polite and told me that he was leaning against voting for the Bonehead’s bill. Then I called the second one and she kept me on the phone for 10 minutes talking about the Bonehead’s bill saying that it is 2/3 of Baby Ryan’s bill and that the CBO only scored the first half of the bill that will cut $22 million in spending then an additional trillion over 10 years. She said :” it actually cuts more than it raises the debt ceiling.” Then she was like “since we only control 1/3 of government, getting 2/3s of what we want (the Ryan Plan) is pretty good.” I think Benishek is gonna vote for it bc his representative is already trying to sell Bonehead’s bill as the miracle of christ.
      ———–sorry for being sacrilegious.

  27. 139 Kasai
    July 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Miss you Chip…Hope you’re having a wonderful vacation:-)

    Have a good day everyone:-)

  28. 140 Rose
    July 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I never go to the orange site, but, WOW, that article on Bill Maher, was fabulous. That’s one that everyone should read.

  29. 141 Fred
    July 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

    In Video And Campaign Speech, Romney Touts Manufacturing Plant That Received More Than $200,000 In Stimulus Funds
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/07/28/281560/romney-manufacturing-speech-stimulus-funds/

    Bachmann Pal Bradlee Dean: Lawsuit Against Maddow Is About ‘Protecting’ Children From Homosexual Agenda
    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/07/28/281635/bachmann-pal-bradlee-dean-lawsuit-against-maddow-is-about-protecting-children-from-homosexual-agenda/

    • 142 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      You know the best thing about this? They dig their own graves…they are only talking to people that LIKE them, and agree with them now…whoever wins this nomination, will have to go WAY FURTHER than that, and reach a WAY broader audience…AND, ALL THIS STUFF will be dragged out and they will have to defend their actions…which they can’t. Should be fun. That…AND GO AGAINST THE MASTER SPEAKER:) Yahoo!

  30. July 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Nancy Smash just gave a STELLAR press conference. She’s just totally amazing in her ability to clearly articulate the issues and LEAD. Hope there’s a video somewhere later today.

    • 145 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      She is THE most incredible speaker that place has EVER seen. Make it possible for her to return there in 2012!!!!! We need to build this country up, not tear it down.

    • 146 Anonymous
      July 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      I couldn’t watch all of it on my creaky computer but what I did hear was fabulous. She reminded people that the bills coming out of Boehner’s House would kill jobs — about 2 million jobs. She was all about a real jobs bill “as our obligation” if we’re going to talk about cuts.

      That is something that needs to be addressed — where do these cuts come from but putting more people out of work? I honestly think a lot of people don’t understand that. Last month’s dismal jobs numbers were because of mainly Republican governors laying off people.

  31. 147 ChristiMtl
    July 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Did you guys see this?

    Jake Tapper said that raising the debt ceiling is the compromise for the GOP. Like they are really fair in this whole mess and not batshit crazy.. Yea how noble of them. Unbelievable.

    • 148 COS
      July 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

      I heard that. Why couldn’t he say that the Dem’s bill was a compromise. I can’t stand Tapper and Henry,

      • July 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

        I’ve been hammering his trash on twitter. He is beyond pathetic.

        • 150 Sue in Minnesota
          July 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

          Good. Asswipe is rewriting the facts. How can the constitutional responsibilities of Congress be distorted and peddled as compromise.
          Jake Tapper is complicit in promoting falsehoods and deceit. Whether intentionally or not the guy should be canned……he has zero integrity as a journalist. Incompetent and pompous jerk.

    • 151 Ladyhawke
      July 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

      That was just pathetic. It just goes to show you how desperate the media is to carry water for the Republican Party.

      • July 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

        People on twitter need to tweet and tell him he is carrying Republican water. I hope UT is watching and will have one of her brilliant recap from the press conference.

        • 153 ChristiMtl
          July 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

          I sent him a tweet right after he said it. Him, Todd and Henry are truly pathetic.

          • July 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

            It’s funny because you can see him sitting in his seat reading his tweets and I’m slamming him with feedback.

            • 156 utaustinliberal
              July 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

              Keep slamming Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) Meta. I sent him a tweet calling him out for his erroneous reporting and I also reminded him that it wasn’t the first time he had done this. That he also reported that President Obama raising $86 million was chump change and it didn’t mean anything. So I asked him if he could even raise $1 let alone $86 million. I thought it would go nowhere and then lo and behold he tweeted me back trying to intimidate me and asking me for evidence. I sent him the evidence, kept tweeting him and calling him out. Guess what his reply was; he BLOCKED me on twitter. Hahahaha. When confronted with the truth, he couldn’t face it so he blocked me. I still kept on tweeting him and calling him out and then a bunch of people who follow me on twitter began tweeting him also and they called him out. He began blocking some of them too, but they didn’t give up. Me thinks Tapper has a thin skin. He can dish out crap but he can’t handle truth. So keep tweeting him folks because trust me he reads those tweets.

              • 157 ChristiMtl
                July 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

                Oh do I remember that UT,
                I’m surprised he didn’t block me on twitter already.

                This was the title of his piece of garbage:

                Obama Nets 260,000 First-Time Donors, But Where Are the 2.7 Million Others?

                Yes!! 3 million donors in the first quarter, makes sense!

                Oh I can’t stand him!!

              • July 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

                A whole lot of them, do, including Chuck Todd. I go back and forth sometimes with him in e-mails. When I send him a nice note he replies. But when I send him one calling him out, crickets. Go figure.

                Thanks UT for the brillant recaps you do here.

              • 159 desertflower
                July 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

                Love you

        • 160 Sue in Minnesota
          July 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

          It is absolutely outrageous that for the benefit of agenda he would misconstrue a deriliction of responsiblity as compromise. I am really incensed……I’ld leave the Republicans out of it, it is even more cut and dry than party politics. This guy reinvents the facts to serve his own alternate reality. I will write his affiliate, hope it’s not ABC as I long ago blocked their network in protest.

      • 161 Ladyhawke
        July 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

        Here is Steve Benen explaining the differences between Speaker Boehner’s plan and Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan. I don’t expect lazy media stenographers like Jake (with the permanent snarl) Tapper to spend the time to see that Boehner’s plan is a train wreck and that Senator Reid’s plan represents a “real” compromise where both sides don’t get everything they want. The media has failed us.

        The differences between the Reid, Boehner plans

        ===============================================

        But Jonathan Bernstein goes further, noting that for the left, Reid’s plan is “much, much better” than Boehner’s.

        The first difference is the total cuts. Everyone is emphasizing that Reid’s front-line totals are very similar to Boehner’s. But bookkeeping cuts, which analysts are ignoring, buy Reid an extra year of debt-limit extension in exchange for, basically, nothing at all, meaning that Reid slashes government far less than Boehner does. […]

        The second set of differences is harder to see from the details that have been reported so far, but they’re about timing and location of the cuts. By all accounts, the revamped Boehner plan is going to be more frontloaded than was his initial offer, because Republicans (to some extent with good reason) don’t trust future Congresses to be bound by decisions made now. Liberals prefer backloaded cuts, partially because they’re less real, but especially because liberals believe that up-front cuts will hurt the economy more while it’s still fragile at best. This is another way that the Reid plan is superior.

        http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_07/the_differences_between_the_re031146.php#

    • 162 Obama Grandmama
      July 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      I was listening on NPR hearing the teapartier Hse Reps say they have already compromised when putting this plan out. Redefinition of compromise now is it is a compromise when you do it among your own party, nevermind the opposition party. In other words, the compromise is that you didn’t get as much as you wanted so that is the compromise not needing to give the other side anything they wanted.
      The sad part is the nonthinking GOP voters accept that without even thinking about what they really just said and how it makes no sense in the traditional model.

      • 163 ChristiMtl
        July 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

        The fact is, and that’s beyond pathetic, is that they TRULY believe that raising the debt ceiling is giving the President a blank check for more spending.

        They still don’t get that the money is already spent. They are so freaking ignorant, it makes my head hurt.

    • 164 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      That ass has a job, why?

  32. 165 Fred
    July 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

    :shock:

    HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (AP) – NJ Gov. Chris Christie taken to hospital for tests after difficulty breathing

  33. July 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Breaking: NJ Chris Christie taken to hospital for having trouble breathing. They say it’s asthma. I won’t say what I want to say.

  34. 178 COS
    July 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Jay said that he had to go see the boss. It appeared that he did not want to be late. :) I absolutely love the way he responds to questions. He was a perfect choice because he has been in the same place. and he knows how these reporters think. He is really quick with very little hesitation.

  35. July 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Livestream of Van Jones’ Rebuild the Dream rally today on emergency default crisis at the US Capitol

    http://rebuildthedream.com/blog/2011/07/28/live-emergency-default-crisis-capitol-rally/

  36. 181 Fred
    July 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    omfg :shock:

    News of the World targeted phone of Sarah Payne’s mother
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/28/phone-hacking-sarah-payne

  37. July 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Just saw some breaking news that Piers Morgan suspended from CNN.

  38. 189 Ladyhawke
    July 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    John Boehner : The Whipped Puppy On A Short Leash

    The debt ceiling debate has turned into an exercise in stupidity on the Republican side because unless the Speaker clears his party’s proposals with teabaggers and ultra-conservatives, he will lose their support and eventually, his job as speaker. Boehner coveted the speaker’s job and cried like a baby when he assumed the position and is most likely crying every night at the realization that he is no more in charge of Republicans in the House than a Democratic legislative aide.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/boehner-puppy-leash

    • July 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      You know, Boehner has had leadership problems before. He was thrown out when he was chairman of the House Republican Conference back in the late 90s.

    • July 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      And you know who’s sitting in the wings and could very well be a big instigator in all of this right? You guess right, baby Cantor. The smell of opportunism is somthing that he could very well welcome.

      The plot thickens.

  39. 192 Janelle
    July 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    The following is a post from a person named Zhana on the OFA website regarding the 14th amendment. (I hope she doesn’t mind that I’m posting her comment here, but I’ve been reading her posts for years now and she’s as smart as a whip):

    “Some unconventional wisdom… [had a few minutes to think about the 14th amendment.]

    People are asking why President Obama won’t use the 14th amendment as an option to raise the debt ceiling. Specifically, they ask why he wouldn’t at least use the threat as leverage? My response to that is simple… the GOP would take that option. They would be more than happy to have the President raise the limit alone and trigger a constitutional crisis.

    The debt ceiling will be raised by congress. There is no question about that. But what if it wasn’t… what could the President actually do unilaterally? The President is mandated by the constitution to pay the bills that congress has authorized, so why couldn’t he simply keep doing whatever is necessary to pay them? Why can’t he just ignore the debt ceiling; not raise it, just ignore it? If they took him to court and said he violated the law by paying the bills, he could point to his constitutional mandate. If they said that he exceeded his borrowing authority, he could use the 14th amendment to say that the debt of the government could not be questioned [and thus, needed to be paid]. He could then say that it was the responsibility of the U.S. Congress to ensure that the debt limit was high enough to cover all of the spending they authorized – and they failed to do so. That failure, however, did not change his mandate to pay for spending already authorized.

    Conclusion: President Obama does not have the authority to raise the debt ceiling, but the constitutional mandate to not question the validity of the debt [along with his executive duties to pay those debts] should be all of the authority needed to keep borrowing. The debt ceiling is thus a congressional issue that should be considered when congress authorizes spending… not when treasury pays for what has been authorized”.

    • July 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      I love Zhana. I wish to high heaven she would cross post here or at BWD, but she steadfastly refuses to. Pity. Great wit and keen perspective.

      • 194 COS
        July 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

        I love Zhana’s posts also. She doesn’t post as regular as she used to. I am surprised at democrats like Rep. Clyburn urging PBO to use the 14th amendment.

    • 195 Ladyhawke
      July 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks for this levelheaded and very insightful post. I have been thinking along the same lines. What is fascinating is if we default it will be because CONGRESS ABDICATED IT’S RESPONSIBILITY to ensure our debts are paid and did not raise the debt ceiling as they have routinely done in the past. If President Obama uses his authority to instruct Treasury to keep borrowing HE WILL BE FULFILLING HIS OATH OF OFFICE to the Constitution. So, if congress won’t do their job, we can count on the only adult in the room to do his.

    • July 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks, Janelle. Zhana is a great source of analysis.

      Because Congress has appropriated past and current spending programs knowing full well that they can’t all be paid for from current revenues, it makes sense that they authorize the President to borrow the shortfall, however implicit. The debt-ceiling vote is a kind of extraconstitutional double bind since, if it fails, Congress cannot simply disappropriate previously-appropriated spending. Only a law that is passed by both houses and signed by the President can do that so it makes this whole situation completely untenable and anybody who says they know what to do is lying.

  40. 197 ChristiMtl
    July 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Deadbeat dad Joe Walsh on CNN this morning:

    I know that story just broke, and it’s interesting that it just broke right now as I’m out there trying my best to fight this President and fight the Democrats and solve this debt crisis. But look, I’m the most openly vetted candidate in the world. I have had financial troubles and I talked about them throughout the campaign. This is where real America is.

    I’m the most openly vetted candidate in the world??? The arrogance of this jerk had no bound.

    And no you moron, it’s not where real America is. Not paying child support…..

    • July 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Wow. What an arse. What excuse does he have now that he has a job paying $175,000 a year?

      Dead beat dad should be tweeted to no end from her to the end of the world.

      Anyone knows if he ever had his license suspended. Some states do this, don’t they.

      • 199 utaustinliberal
        July 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        Hey Africa, Joe Walsh did have his license suspended twice and in 2008 he was caught for driving on a suspended license. People have been tweeting him by the droves on twitter. It’s nuts out there. He has been getting slammed from all quarters. Most especially by Medicare recipients (Fiesty grandmas and grandpas ;) ) They’ve been tweeting and calling him out for receiving givt benefits but being a deadbeat dad. The trending hashtag was #RepJoeWalshDeadBeatDad :lol: He can dish it out but can’t take it.

    • 201 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      People get thrown IN JAIL for not paying their child support! He thinks he’s “special?”

    • July 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Most folks that far behind in child support is in jail. To have a Congressman who is a deadbeat Dad. Joe Walsh is a deadbeat Dad. He don’t take care of his children. He not only is a racists, but he is a deadbeat Dad.

    • 203 Sue in Minnesota
      July 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Not until you show your birth certificate Joe, not even close to being the most openly vetted politician in our midst.

  41. 204 ChristiMtl
    July 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Rev. Al will interview the President tomorrow on his radio show.

    Take that Cenk Uyger.

  42. 210 Anonymous
    July 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    My posts have not been showing up today, so I am trying to come in as a guest. PBO ALERT….He will be on Rev Al’s radio show on Friday…check out National Action Network for stations and times.

    ——edp4bho

  43. 211 ChristiMtl
    July 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Waiting for Boehner presser

    bla bla bla no blank check, Cut Crap and Bulshit bill, bla bla bla……….the american people….

    • 213 Ladyhawke
      July 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      The man is dishonest. It was amazing the number of lies he told in his five minute rebuttal to President Obama. As Steve Benen says, if you had been playing a drinking game the winner would have had alcohol poisoning. I can’t bare to watch him. He is a total embarrassment.

      • 214 desertflower
        July 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        He is at that. He never wanted to do the hard, honest work of the Speaker…he wanted the title is all….can’t hack it.Above his paygrade.

    • 215 desertflower
      July 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Someone needs to Tweet and ask him if he wants a little cheese with the “whine”!

      • July 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

        Hi, my dear TOD Family. I had to run out to pick up an essential medication for my procedure for next week. I am weak but, I will not give up and in to whatever is out there. So I was eager to get back to catch up here. I tuned in to hear the speeches on the Debt and Deficit by the Senators. Now speaking is Senator Frank Lautenberg from N Jersey, and he is giving a great speech. He is handing it to the behinds of the destructive Repubs., and he slipped and called Speaker Boehner Speaker Boner. Me thinks he or his staff has been reading the blogs. I wish he had said something else, but ok. Sen. Jack Reed RI, is speaking now. Love you all HZ

        • July 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm

          Hi HZ. Wishing you well.

          • July 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

            Thanks africa. You know our TOD Family and Chips are a strong bunch . We will take anything that is needed to do what we have to do. We have a loving and strong family here, and I love each of you so very much. We will WIN for our nation and our beloved great leader, President Obama and VP Joe Biden. The people and the reputation of our country and our President will not be tarnish with these ugly foolish people. Love you all back HZ

        • 221 Titti
          July 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

          Take care and all best wishes to you HZ..

        • 222 geegee
          July 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

          My/Our prayers are with you HZ. You may be weak physically, but you are obvously(sp?) strong in Spirit. Stay strong sistagirl!

  44. July 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Any news on the First Lady trip to Utah? I remember their was a 12 year old designer who wanted to meet the First Lady and maybe design a gown for her. Do anyone know if he met her?

  45. 225 Puddin
    July 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Nate Silver said blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…who the hell is Nate Silver? Where did/does he get his information from? Who crowned him? He said PBO is losing his base and if his numbers keep going down, (something about a 2-1 something or another) When Chris Matthews said Nate was going to be on the show today, I turned the channel…I am going to go walking (need to let go of some of this stress).

    • 226 geegee
      July 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      Must be that 5% or less of fauxgressives and independents he’s talking about (snark). You know, PBO’s base. Never like nor trusted that little geek Nate Silver.


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