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11

‘if rick perry is a front-runner there’s something wrong with all of us’

Alex Pareene (Salon): Rick Perry is running for president, probably…..POLITICO, the arbiter of such things, declares Perry electable!

…. The Wall Street Journal sums up the Perry message: He is the things Republicans like about Michele Bachmann plus the things some human somewhere theoretically likes about Mitt Romney …. CBS News says Perry is an immediate front-runner because he’s more palatable than Bachmann…

The GOP “establishment” prefers this evangelical nitwit with fringe tendencies to that evangelical nitwit with fringe tendencies, sure. This Dominionist purposefully evoking some of the most radical far-right movements and ideas of the last 200 years is so much more electable than this other one!

I mean, Rick Perry may be a neo-Confederate sympathizer with a recurring tendency to bring up secession, but he doesn’t look as weird in a photograph as Bachmann does, I guess.

Perry’s flirtations with neo-Confederate organizations and symbols – ably documented by Justin Elliott – are so extraordinarily reprehensible that it should immediately and permanently disqualify him from being taken seriously for national office. The Confederacy was not a bunch of generally well-meaning dudes who went a little too far, it was a gang of racist traitors who launched a bloody war to defend a monstrously unjust institution. Having neo-Confederate sympathies in America should be equivalent to supporting the reconstituted Fascist party in Italy, or worse. It should not be considered something that 50 percent of the nation should be willing to look past, or even embrace.

And if that embracing happens it’ll be in part because of a press that won’t explicitly describe a disgusting sentimental attachment to a racist, brutal regime of oppression as anything other than an acceptable ploy to pick up Southern white support.

This, of course, is not even mentioning the time Rick Perry f**king killed an innocent person …. This is the new front-runner, the man who doesn’t care that he killed an innocent person. Whee!

Full article here

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Natasha Lennard (Salon): Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in stressing his opposition to “out of control Washington spending,” disagrees with federal subsidies to the agriculture industry. But this wasn’t always so. In fact, as a farmer himself, he embraced federal agriculture programs and personally benefited from farm subsidies to the tune of $80,000.

…. when Perry was running for the state’s agriculture commissioner position in 1990, he had strong words about the farm subsidies that had helped his 40 acre farm:

“I’ve participated in the program as a producer. My neighbors participate. I know what would happen to rural areas of Texas if these programs were discontinued. I do not support such an action,” Perry then said.

In the mid-1990s, however, Perry began to oppose the agriculture programs. Now he is firmly opposed even to federal support for using grain such as corn in the production of ethanol…

More here


114 Responses to “‘if rick perry is a front-runner there’s something wrong with all of us’”


  1. 1 tally
    August 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Everyone needs to pound Rick HYPOCRITE Perry with Matthew 6:

    And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

    But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

    Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

    Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

    But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

    That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

    • 2 Sue in Minnesota
      August 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      This refers to the entire bible beating, disgraceful lot of them. I happen to think prayer is a very private matter, a very personal relationship, a very deep meditation.

      Rick Perry hardly impresses me as a man that is deeply religious. I see no reflection of it in his being. As someone said yesterday, in the photo of him at his prayer lollapalooza, he looked more accurately like a man suffering from constipation.

      • 3 dotster
        August 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        With that loud, in- bad- taste tie he looked to me like a Vegas casino boss or a huckster of some sort, which I guess he is. This ought to be “fun”—–Perry and Bachmann is some sort of racist contest, who can be the most racist, who can attract the most racist votes. Inspiring! Where’s Palin? She could be in this contest too. I’m not too concerned about Perry. I just can’t see the Repubs throwing their lot with him, someone who can only win the deep south. And If that shameful thing should happen, I can’t see that middle 20% that everyone always fights over ever voting for another D minus student type from Texas who also boasts racist and secessionist tendencies.

        • 4 Sue in Minnesota
          August 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

          Sister Sarah just recently slammed Perry for fiscal mismanagement. There are a lot of Sarah watchers (not to be confused with her worshippers, because the watchers can’t stand her) that think she is going to run. Personally, I can not imagine it, her closet is so full of skeletons, there will be an avalanche once the door is unlocked. She does seem to lack any recognizable conscience, so maybe that won’t stop her.

    • August 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Preach it, Sister Potty Mouth! Amen and Amen :) :) :) !! :lol: :lol: — this scripture is so true and I think it’s the one Rev. Al used to school Dick yesterday. Of course, Dick being a dick—sorry, Dick being Dick—won’t get it and probably can’t read above a third grade level. :?

    • 6 utaustinliberal
      August 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      This is the prayer Rev Al ended his Monday show with. Describes the hypocrisy that is Rick Perry and his event called “The Response.”

  2. 9 Anonymous
    August 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    “The GOP “establishment” prefers this evangelical nitwit with fringe tendencies to that evangelical nitwit with fringe tendencies, sure.”

    Of course they do. This is a MALE evangelical nitwit with fringe tendencies, and the males are always preferable over the female ones.

    “he doesn’t look as weird in a photograph as Bachmann does, I guess.”

    Yes, he does. In this photo he even looks orangey like Boner. He is an orange male evangelical nitwit with fringe tendencies. A GOP winner.

    • 10 Anonymous
      August 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      LOL

      —–edp4bho

    • 11 majii
      August 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      The GOPers know that Perry is not really an evangelical nitwit in real life, but he suits their purpose because he can bring the evangelicals on board, and he can be manipulated by them, by Big Business, by the wealthiest among us, and by Big Oil. The reason they hate PBO is because he will not allow them to persuade him to abandon his core principles. They know he is a better Christian than they are because he shows it, and this is why they hate him.

  3. 13 Ladyhawke
    August 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Why Rick Perry is the second coming of George W. Bush

    By Joy-Ann Reid

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    Perry’s penchant for taking extreme political positions is well known to those who have observed him since his 2010 run for an unprecedented third term (he is Texas’ longest-serving governor) and in some ways, Perry makes Bush look moderate by comparison

    He has flirted with secession, to the delight of tea party groups, courted so-called “Tenthers” – who believe the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the federal government from doing much besides fighting wars, even declaring Clean Air Act, Medicaid and financial aid to be unconstitutional “nonsense.”

    Perry did think the federal government should be in the business of sending financial aid to Texas back in April, when an outbreak of deadly wildfires scorched 1.8 million acres of his state, but he also responded to the emergency by issuing a proclamation calling on Texans to pray for rain.

    When it comes to religion, Perry pals around with controversial right wing Christian leaders – including at last weekend’s 30,000-attendee prayer meeting dubbed “The Response,” who claim African-Americans have been cursed by God for supporting Democrats, and that Oprah Winfrey is the harbinger of the Antichrist.

    On the economic front, Perry’s Texas has enjoyed an employment boom powered by low wage, non-union jobs’gay.htm and aggressive corporate tax cutting and deregulation — the moonlight and magnolias economic philosophy popularized in many southern states.

    The Texas school system is ranked 43rd out of 50 in the nation in 2010.

    Texas is number one in some areas, including the number of incarcerated persons, the number of juveniles in prison, the number of inmates in private prisons and the number of executions, including, prior to a 2004 Supreme Court decision, the number of prisoners executed who were juveniles when they committed their crimes, or who were mentally retarded.

    Meanwhile, the state ranks 50th in spending on criminal defense for those who cannot afford an attorney, and blacks are incarcerated in the Lone Star state at a rate of 7 to one versus whites, according to the book Texas Tough: the Rise of America’s Prison Empire by Robert Perkinson.

    Ironically, Perry’s biggest drawback among Republicans could be the same one that hurt Bush with the “close the borders” crowd: immigration.

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

    http://www.thegrio.com/politics/why-black-voters-should-be-wary-of-rick-perry.php

  4. August 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I wish the authors would sit on these stories for a week. Let Perry officially declare first, because then he’ll go all in and his ego will not allow him to bow out. Let him and Romney attack each other for the next seven months. If this guy gets cold feet now, he could still back out without much of a shot to his ego.

    • 16 Bobfr
      August 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Agree. We so need this dude to announce. The contrast will be epic. The choice stark.

      The Republic will prevail with President Obama and a strong Democratic Senate, House and Statewide landslides in 2012.

      Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  5. 17 ChristiMtl
    August 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Lets just start with something here: just the fact that there’s a T-Party caucus in Congress says it all. Far-right extremists duly elected.

    Perry is a dangerous ”religious” far-right lunatic. If he gets elected, the Maya would be right because there’s no way the world will survive extremism to that level from a superpower. How many ”holy” wars are they going to start?

    Ewwww I don’t even want to think about things like that, it’s insane, for me personally he has no chance in hell.

    Speaking of Salon, not my favorite place but this caught my attention about the star of Salon Gleen Greenwald.
    I was wondering what the fuss was about this morning about the article in Politico (anonymous source) , something about the Obama campaign going after Mitt Romney.

    I don’t give any credibility to that right-wing rag but I said to myself, if true, good!.
    Romney has been spewing his lies and insults for months. Time to go after him.

    Well I saw that a lot were upset with Glenn Greenwald and I had to check what it was about.
    This is it, a retweet in his twitter feed, and this is so hypocritical:

    So, how do liberals feel about the Obama campaign dog-whistling at intolerance of Mormons?

    So if I get this right, if they go after Romney, they go after Mormons, so it’s intolerance of a religion.
    What a freaking lie and BS.
    The far left/libertarians are nuts, completely nuts.

    So if I go by that logic, what the Romney camp is doing by insulting and lying about the President is racism right?

    But never mention that to the far left/libertarians, their hair gets on fire and they accuse the President’s supporters of playing the race card.

    Goes both ways.

    • 18 TrumpDog
      August 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      GG hates Obama so much that now he’s imagining things based on what someone said someone said a mysterious Democratic anonymous source said.
      Dude needs help. Seriously. His ODS is out of control.

      • 19 ChristiMtl
        August 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm

        If someone is tolerant of all faiths, it’s President Obama, and he includes atheism as well. Respect of all.

        FFS they have such a problem with Mormons that the Senate Majority Leader is a Mormon.

        You’re right, he needs help, that level of hatred and obsession is not normal behavior. It’s like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction.

      • August 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

        Hate and obsession has a tendency to do these kinds of things to people.

    • 21 Sue in Minnesota
      August 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      What the frack is he talking about, “dog-whistling at intolerance of Mormons?”

      Hypocritical is such an understatement. Glen answer for your own dog-whistling, you disgruntled, egotistical, whiny, sorry ass human being.

    • August 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      i read about this on Balloon Juice and GG and Jane Hamsher pulled this out of their ass. Politico made it clear that they were completely making shit up. Not one quote from the admin, not even an anonymous source was quoted. Nothing the admin said implied that they would attack Romney’s religion.

      • 23 ChristiMtl
        August 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

        I just checked Balloon Juice and read the article, with the Jane psycho Hamsher’ quotes, ok it’s even worst than I though,

        Wow, I feel nauseous.

        • 24 dotster
          August 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

          I can’t stand that woman. She is a lying, hateful piece of work. I read that Michael Moore and Hamsher & Co. were conferring about asking Matt Damon to primary Obama. These people have lost their minds.

          • August 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm

            Matt Damon? What a load of bull.

          • August 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

            All I can say about this is LOL. They have lost their collective freaking minds. Oh, lordy.

          • August 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

            Somebody asked Michael Moore the other day if there was anyone who could beat PBO in 2012 and he said, yes, Matt Damon. I’m sure Matt Damon will be surprised to learn this. Honestly, I don’t know how anybody can keep a straight face around these people.

            • August 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm

              haha. this Matt Damon thing is too stupid for me to respond.

              • August 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

                After seeing what PBO has been through in these last 2 1/2 years, the simplistic attitude and the lame ideas people conjure up as presidential qualities are just beyond bizarre, as if anybody could be president. Sick.

              • 30 Pragmatic Adult
                August 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

                Matt Damom bwahahahahaha

            • August 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm

              Oh, I remember now. This makes it an even better joke. He said it at a firedoglake “seminar.” LOLz.

            • 32 ChristiMtl
              August 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm

              I have TMZ on my twitter feed and that’s where I saw it, I couldn’t believe it lol

              Michael Moore wants Matt Damon to run for PRESIDENT — not just because he believes in Matt’s outspoken politics … but because he believes Matt might actually WIN in 2012.

    • August 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      I don’t think the president would go for attacking Romney on his religion, not because it would be bad politics but because, as you mention, ChristiMtl, it’s not his way. He wouldn’t touch intolerance, it isn’t in him. There’s enough to disqualify Mitt from being the president of anything, let alone, of the United States. That story was in Raw Story, among other places, http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/08/09/obama-campaign-mulls-attacks-on-mitt-romneys-religion/. The source was the usual “one anonymous Democratic strategist” which tells us all we need to know.

      • 35 ChristiMtl
        August 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm

        They always give credibility to any anonymous sources who bash the President and they run with it, The media picks it up.
        It was on Andrea Mitchell
        They never have proof, nothing, as long as it’s an attack on the President, that’s all they need.

        So today they give credibility to an article in a well known right-wing rag Politico, again no proof and credibility and the spin is that the President’s campaign will attack Romney’s religion, which is so freaking ridiculous, never in a million years and they know it.

        And look what happened.

        In response to a story that President Obama’s re-election campaign is prepping a “ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background,” the Romney campaign sent CBS News a blistering statement from campaign manager Matt Rhoades deeming such a strategy “disgraceful” and “despicable.”

        Pathetic corrupt media,.

    • 36 theo67
      August 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      So the far left are going to be developing talking points to fling at the Obama Administration during the campaign? Is that what we’re supposed to glean from Greenwald’s absurd claim or “dog-whistling”. He should look to his boss and her “Obamalovers” dog-whistle to see what a real dog-whistle looks like. These people are absolutely ridiculous.

  6. August 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I was thinking about this sob last night.. and something I read, coulda been a tweet.. naw I think it was a headline about Perry getting ready to ‘announce’ and I thought yeah.. the media is going to try and get this freak elected. He’s their guy. The crazier, the greedier, the racist- the better. The media ought to be about ready to fall in love and do their darndest to bring America along in their ‘romance’.

    Personally I think anyone of these repub ‘candidates’ is no different from the others.. they are all freaks, they are all destructive and dishonest and I’m going to fight like hell to make sure President Barack Obama defeats all of their slimy butts.

    • 38 theo67
      August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      In addition to the fact that all of them are personally flawed in such a magnitude of ways which should immediately disqualify them from candidacy for even neighborhood dog-catcher, they all espouse the same failed Republican policies and want to foist their brand of religious ideology on every person in this country. And many of them are racists.

  7. August 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    While others critique, criticize, and complain, the President just keeps working to make things better.

    President Obama Announces First Ever Fuel Economy Standards for Commercial Vehicles

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/president-obama-announces-first-ever.html

    Included a video of President Obama talking about transmissions for buses and trucks that are made in America.

    Ya gotta love this guy, he just never quits.

  8. 41 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Run Rick Run. I’d love for him, Romney, and Bachmann to tear each other to shreds. All their records are shady. They despise government until they stretch their greedy hands, and suck on the teat of government. PBO just needs to point to their collective abysmal records over and over again. It’s all laid bare in black and white. Bunch of freaking hypocrites.

    • 42 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      August 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      BE ASSURED…PERRY WILL CLEAR THE FIELD…ROMNEY AND THE REST OF THE COMEDY ROUTINE WILL DISAPPEAR!

      • 43 57andFemale
        August 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm

        That’s my prediction.

        People will vote for him because he’s ‘Christian’ and he has a nice smile.

        2000 all over again.

        • 44 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          August 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

          MAKE THAT…HE ALLEGES TO BE CHRISTIAN. I LOVE ALL PEOPLE..I’M CHRISTIAN. HE’S NOT!

        • 45 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          August 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm

          Christain….huh……………When did “W” ever appear Christain in his 8 years of service? We all see how Compassionate Conservatism panned out for our country. Now we are going to get a BIG DOSE of a Racist Successionist to run for the Whiteouse. Quite frightening. He will be Ten times WORSE than Bush. :shock:

  9. August 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    New PPP poll: NC voters blame Bush for bad economy.

    “Voters are still pinning more of the blame for the economy on George W. Bush than Barack Obama. It’s been a trying couple of months for the President and his reelection prospects look about as weak as they have since he took office. But it’s still a good sign for him moving forward that voters don’t necessarily think this is all his fault. In Colorado 54% blame Bush more to 39% for Obama. It’s 54/34 with independents. And in North Carolina 50% blame Bush more to 42% for Obama. It’s 52/38 with independents.

    Blaming Bush is not a reelection strategy and Obama shouldn’t be out pushing that message himself. But these numbers suggest that when some swing voters are making their final decisions 14 months from now they might come to the conclusion that even if things aren’t going well the President was dealt such a bad hand coming into office that he deserves 4 more years to try to get it turned around. Whether enough voters will see things that way for Obama to win is an open question. ”

    http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2011/08/swing-state-deficit-polling.html

    • 50 joyce
      August 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      I was listening this morning when Steve read that letter from some guy. Steve was so on point and tried to keep it as clean as he could for on air. But he told the writer off and anybody else that thought as this fool did. I was and is so proud of Steve. He is a true supporter and I sent him an email saying thank you. I also wondered was the letter actually written by Tavis or Cornell themselves

    • 52 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks desert. I’m listening to Randi now. Talking about Unions and the Aristocratic Emperialist like the Koch brothers. She is good!!

  10. 53 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    August 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    PBO’S DEMEANOR WILL DRIVE PERRY NUTS…HE’LL END UP BITING HIS OWN TAIL OUT OF FRUSTRATION. RUBIO LOST HIS POSSIBLES AT THE WH…WITH THE DRUG STUFF IN THE FAMILY. NOW…THEY WILL PUT PERRY ON THE LINE WHO ABSOLUTELY HATES IMMIGRANTS AND HIS TEMPER IS A SEETHING CESSPOOL OF VILE BEHAVIOR. HE WILL CALL ON GOD IN PUBLIC THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE CAMPAIGN. BUT…WHEN HE MEETS GOD MY DEAR FRIENDS…HE WILL WISH HE WERE THE LAST IN LINE! TAKE A NUMBER PERRY..YOUR DAY IS COMIN!

  11. August 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Pres Obama retakes generic ballot lead in Gallup poll.

    “Forty-five percent of registered voters said they would pick Obama, versus 39 percent who would favor “the Republican Party’s candidate.”

    The generic GOP candidate had led Obama 47-39 percent in mid-July, and 44-39 percent in mid-June.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/176127-obama-retakes-lead-in-2012-generic-ballot

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/148904/Record-Low-Say-Congress-Deserve-Election.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=plaintextlink&utm_term=Politics

  12. August 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    There is something wrong in America right now–we’ve turned over a bunch of rocks in the last three years and a lot of vermin have emerged. That anyone, let alone someone who calls himself Christian, should be championing a neo-Confederate in the 21 century, simply boggles my mind. Decent people do outnumber the crazies in this country. We just have to wake them up and get them to vote. Every good thing that America represents is on the line here. We can’t leave our children to the mercy of a country run by the people of hate.

    In the meantime, our president demonstrates the true love and compassion of a person of deep faith and humanity by comforting the families of the bereaved. Yesterday, he assured people around the world of the unshakeable creditworthiness of the United States and today the stock markets calms down and climbs. Pray that people open their eyes and see what is right in front of them.

    • 59 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      August 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      PBO’S AWESOME LEADERSHIP W/ HONESTY AND INTEGRITY AND A HELL OF ALOT OF HARD WORK…TURNED OVER ALOT OF ROCKS. THE FACT THAT HE IS AFRICAN AMERICAN AND WANTS TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT REALLY TICKS THEM OFF! PLEASE BE INFORMED: WE HAVE A VERY SICK SOCIETY ON OUR HANDS!

  13. 60 lamh34
    August 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    We need to light that bastard Tweety up on Twitter. That son of a bitch has a segment where the tease was “Swiftboat 2.0???” to discuss, that gossip rag Politico’s reporting that the admin plan to go hard on Romney if he’s the general election candidate!

    “Swiftboat 2.O”…fuckin’ rat bastard!!!! Excuse my languag, but ughh!

    (btw, I refuse to watch Tweety’s show, I just watch the beginning to see what hie segments will be about)

    • August 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      This report he’s talking about is coming from politicol, and who needs to say more.

    • 62 dotster
      August 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      I was paying scant attention but it sounded like Tweet’s show was all about everything Obama is doing wrong again, that he has to do this and he has to do that, because Tweet and Fineman have been elected President and —–oh wait—–no they weren’t ——it was Barack Hussein Obama who was elected in spite of great odds. Obama might know a little more about this than they give him credit for and a lot more than Tweet and Fineman. Surprisingly, Ron Reagan Jr. , whom I usually like, joined in the fray, saying something about he didn’t know what Obama thought about anything. Well, I do, and so do all of you here. Guess they haven’t been paying much attention. I’m so tired of these media blabbers who think they know best.

      • 63 dotster
        August 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

        And now Tweet is getting ready to run with the Politico story, sourced to one anonymous someone, accepting it as gospel. Shameful.

        • 64 dotster
          August 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

          Now saying there is 12 anonymous Dem sources who all described Romney as “weird”. All used the exact same word? And weird doesn’t mean Mormon, which they’ve tried to morph it into, “Obama’s attacking Romney’s religion!” I think if there is any truth to this story, I think Romney’s “weird” too, awkward with people, awkward and uncomfortable in social situations, awkward with different kinds of people, joking with unemployed people that he is unemployed too, hahaha, never mind the millions in the bank. “Who let the dogs out?” Romney often says cringe-worthy things. Yep, he’s fakey and stiff and plastic and yep, weird.

        • 65 Doris
          August 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

          I hope Lawrence lights his tail up in a backhanded way just like he did last night. I really think that segment was meant for Chris Matthews.

  14. August 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    So the word is that Harry Reid has selected Patty Murray to co-chair the super committee and Max Baucus and John Kerry to serve as well. I’m not crazy about Baucus but Kerry will be GREAT.

    • 67 Ladyhawke
      August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Senator Murray is awesome. Senator Kerry is terrific. I am not thrilled about Senator Max Baucus. I will never forgive him for slow walking the healthcare debate right into the August recess to accommodate the sabotaging Republicans. He blew it, big time.

      It was posted the other day that Senator Joe Manchin had said he wanted to be on the committee. I immediately sent an email to Majority Leader Reid begging him not to even entertain the idea. Machine is a backstabber and he is not a team player. As far as I am concerned he is a Republican. I am grateful he will have nothing to do with the super committee.

      • August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm

        Yeah, Baucus is a gear grinder. He’s got seniority so I suppose that is why he’s there. Ugh.

        I also sent a couple of tweets to Senator Reid about Manchin, just saying that he never supports PBO, never votes with the Dems and doesn’t have Dem values. He probably got an ear full.

        • August 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

          President Obama polls something like 35% in West Virginia. If Manchin wants to be re-elected he’d going to have to outperform Pres. Obama by a serious amount. Now you might hate Manchin’s politics, I certainly do, but at this point him holding his seat could be the difference between Reid or McConnell being Senate Majority Leader.

          A lot of the speaking out Manchin does is for the voters in WV. As long as he keeps the ripping to his local papers – that’s just the politics he needs to play.

        • 71 MTmarilyn
          August 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

          I am not crazy about Baucus. He is my senator so I will be calling his office and making my voice heard. I have 2 friends who work in the local office. I’ll try to see what I can find out when I need too.

    • August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Interesting choices, but given it’s simply majority rules, I think Baucus will sell us out in a second and make it 7-5 whatever the Republicans hold out for. I bet McConnell will not put one “moderate” on his list. DeMint, Toomey and Kyl will be my guess for their side.

  15. August 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    It’s my hope that the republican primary ends with three candidates Perry, Romney and Bachmann neither having enough primary votes to win the GOP primary outright.

    This will result in an open convention, meaning delecates will have to select the candidate at the convention. This is my dream because this will result in a all out war within the republican party.

  16. 78 tally
    August 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    The PL/EmoProgs are working my last nerve.

    I asked a friend of mine who has turned into an ObamaWhiner:

    “What do you want the outcome to be in 2012 (POTUS and CONGRESS)?

    Be honest. Get past your anger that Obama isn’t President John Shaft, and you don’t have your Perfect Progressive Pony.

    No one is going to primary Obama. Answer the question with that assumption.

    Then tell me what you can do to help make that happen.”

    I think if we confront all these PUMAs with this simple question, it might wake them up – when they get over their initial reaction of not being able to answer the question.

  17. 79 gd4pbo
    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Why in the world would this hypocrite who rails against the Federal Government, then turns around and asks for a handout, wants to run for the presidency of the country he wanted to secede from? America, remember what happened the last time you had a Texas Governor as president?

    Maybe Secessionist Perry will pick fellow Secessionist Palin as his running mate. A secessionist ticket. I would be laughing right now if I didn’t think people seriously consider either one presidential material.

  18. 80 Carla S
    August 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Would middle America trust that FACE?!!

    • August 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      i know! I had just gone back and looked at his face and was about to post that it looked like all his sins and excesses were indelibly carved into his face with all those lines and cracks, and then I saw your comment. That is not a trustworthy face. :?

  19. August 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Nutroots would probably be fine with Romney if it meant they could see President Obama lose. I don’t think that would be the case with Perry. I think the teabaggers will rally behind whoever is the GOP nominee out of their hatred of President Obama, so the nutroots aka the left wing teabaggers will essentially be the same and rally against Perry rather than for Obama. That leaves the middle up for grabs and I like our chances there against Perry after a hard fought primary slamming Romney for being too moderate.

    • 83 Sue in Minnesota
      August 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      I know we have discussed why we think the PL is so hateful towards Obama, and the right and the media….but at this moment the thought of it really, really boogles my mind. I really am sickened.

  20. 84 criquet
    August 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    From Twitter (Ezra Klein:)

    Reid taps patty murray, max baucus and John Kerry for the supercommittee. Kerry is the surprise on that list.

    • 85 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      Love Patty Murray. She is an Obamabot out of Washington. Kerry is COOL. It is Baucus who turns my stomach. Boy this is going to be a long 15mos folks. :???:

  21. August 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    All right family…good googa mooga. I just came from Tom Joyner’s blog and some of the comments against PBO are just ridiculous and sad. I know, I know, don’t take it in but damn…

    • 89 nintendowii10
      August 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Haters will hate. Whether they’re from the professional left or tea party right wing, they are both united in bringing down PBO to enrich their egos and their wallets.

    • 90 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      …………….sigh……….With constant reports from the HATERS on TOD will, I proclaim, once again will make for a LONG 15mos.

  22. August 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Wow, Mark Knoller just reported:

    Pres. Obama spent 5 hours at Dover: paid respects to fallen military personnel; met with families; watched “dignified transfer” of remains.

    WE LOVE YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA.

  23. 99 AJ
    August 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    This pic of Perry looks like he’s being portrayed by Josh Brolin in the bio-pic. No disrepsect meant, Josh!!!

  24. 101 MTmarilyn
    August 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I can’t believe Perry is really going to run. Someone who said they wanted to succeed (?) from the Union? How can you be President when you hate the country?

    I just got twitter on my droid phone so I think I can learn. I went back to the diary with all the names and put them all on. I am mtmarilyn2. Found out there is another mtmarilyn. Don’t know her. Looking forward to the challange.

    • 102 MTmarilyn
      August 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Challenge. Spelling isn’t my best.

      • August 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm

        spelling is my downfall too: ‘secede.’ Looks like Dick wants to re-litigate the war between the states. Someone should tell him that just because he doesn’t like the outcome, doesn’t mean that the Union didn’t win. Big government ALL the way baby!!! :) :) :lol:

  25. 106 utaustinliberal
    August 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Heads up just got this tweet from @whpresscorp: obama headed on a “three day economic bus tour” next week, stops in minnesota, iowa and illinois, white house says. #2012

    Personally, I can’t wait to see President Obama out and about connecting with the people, highlighting the phenomenal legislative policies his administration has put into place, talking about jobs and what he has done to set the ball rolling; like the multiple trade deals stuck in congress due to GOP intransigence, the patent bill holed up in Congress which reduces patent waiting, filing, registering, and owning time from 3 years to 1 year, the infrastructure initiative he has on the horizon but isn’t getting traction in congress due to GOP blockheadedness, the manufacturing initiatives he has on the horizon but GOP won’t quit their pettyness and appropriate funds for it. Can’t wait to see him moving with that boundless phenomenal energy he has, the charismatic smile, the warmth and actual personality (unlike Romney) so that people will see he’s not the demon the GOPTeabaggers make him out to be. Should be a very interesting and fun three days for us Obamabots. ;)

  26. 108 Hachikō
    August 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Dear TODers, I haven’t been this angry since the morning I woke up and the media had President Obama’s long form birth certificate splayed all over their networks.

    That rightwing rag, Politico, has put out a hit piece on President Obama and his team, claiming they are planning to attack Mitt Romney personally.

    I just watched Chris Matthews on Hardball and he was pushing this story HARD! Pushing the meme that Obama is going to “swiftboat” Mitt Romney like Bush & his cronies swiftboated Senator Kerry. He had on that guy from the CBN who took it further, claiming that the use of the term “weird” by Obama people to describe Romney was an attack on his Mormonism.

    Can you believe this? Can you imagine a Barack Obama “swiftboating” anyone and especially based on his/her religion?! It’s disgusting! What it is, is a swiftboat of the President himself!

    This is the Barack Obama who refused to indict his 2006 Senate opponent on revelations of infidelity. When asked to comment on the news during the campaign, Barack said he wished the guy and his family well, hoped they were able to resolve their problems, and that his opponent could get back to the campaign soon.

    When it came out that Palin’s daughter was pregnant, he said, “Our kids are off limits!” He stood up for the Alaskan Twit and said, “Who am I to judge? My mother had me when she was 18.”

    This notion that Barack Obama is “afraid” of Mitt “Flip-Flop-A-Day” Romney, so he’s going to malign his character is ridiculous! Barack Obama who went up against the “inevitable” Hillary Clinton and never a personal attack. Barack Obama who went up against John “War-Hero-Decades-of-Experience” McCain and never a personal attack. That Barack Obama is now afraid of an empty suit like Mitt Romney? Give me a freaking break!

    I’m begging you to help push bag against this awful story. Some of you might think it’s nothing, but I do. Romney is already using it to raise campaign funds. Watch it spread on the news like wildfire. Watch Joe Scumbag yap on about it tomorrow and every rightwing media outlet run with it. But, basically, it matters to me because this is antithetical to who Barack Obama is. It’s a lie and another attempt to smear him. It’s projection from the rightwing and the leftwing is doing nothing to push back and call foul.

    Write to that CBN correspondent and tell him, Shame! Shame on him. He always seemed fair, and yet here he is spreading such vile lies about the President. Shame!

    • 109 utaustinliberal
      August 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Hey Hachiko, I saw your tweet saying you were so mad and needed to go for a walk. I hope the walk somewhat helped. I too am furious at the politico hit piece. It is nothing but a hack job that hits below the belt. You are right that we need to call out Chris Matthews and others who run with this narrative. Because I bet you Joe Scarborough will run with this and milk it for what it is worth. I agree that we ALL need to pushback because Romney is already milking this for what it’s worth, releasing statement after statement and raking in money on these falsehoods. The idea that President Obama would stoop to such a scumbag level is preposterous and is an outright lie. People think that not watching these shows and burying one’s head in the sand is a wonderful sight to behold. If we don’t watch, we don’t know about these shameless lies and we walk about with our heads in the clouds. Everyone needs to wake up. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Watching Chris Matthews run with a patently false hit piece and proclaim it sound journalism and then harshly berate and castigate President Obama made me madder than heck. I immediately tweeted the show; because hardball is a respected show and for them to give credibility to the politico piece of shit article, that cited unknown dem sources who were “super’ close to President Obama and the Obama Administration and lo and behold they all used the word “weird.” C’mon give me a break. Even a baby would recognize the article for the crap it is.

      We all need to email, call, tweet and write letters to Politico and Hardball because this story is already spreading like wildfire over the internet, newssphere, blogosphere, twitter and everywhere else. This kind of demonization on President Obama is horrific.

      • 110 Hachikō
        August 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

        LOL. You saw that. :-) So you know how mad I am about this. Seething.

        You’re absolutely right. We must push back on the false narratives. We must. We are the ones…

      • 111 COS
        August 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

        Unfortunately Rev. Al mentioned this on his show but Joe Madison did a good job in defending PBO and called out the repugs for all of the vile things they had done to PBO, including the bone in his nose. Rev. Al did not push it that much.

  27. 112 Mae who love our CIC
    August 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    They just trying to get Mitt Romney’s religion out there. Testing the waters. What is sad again is the fact they are lying on our President. Their tongues will fall out of their mouths.

  28. 113 carolyn
    August 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Actually, those people are making up things about what was actually said. LOD had the actual quotes from Axelrod on and they said NOTHING about religion. One talked about his questionable taste in talking about being unemployed, and the other quote was about his dismal record on jobs in Massachusetts. The quote from an “Anonymous Democratic Source” I think was someone putting words in someone’s mouth, but it also said nothing about religion. Those ideas are extrapolations and wild ideas from idiots. Do we really think Obama’s campaign is going to broadcast their campaign plans? They never did four years ago, why would they now? Jonathan Alter said the business about the Bain Corporation and the Massachusetts jobs will be part of the campaign if Romney runs, it’s public info, it will of course be used.
    This is today’s big hype…..it’ll be something else tomorrow.
    Remember when the market crashed in 2008 and McCain ran all over saying they should cancel the debate and other nonsense….Obama just held steady, went about his business, stayed cool, and made people feel hope. We trusted his calmness, it will work again. The markets were up today, and they will end the month on the positive side, I firmly believe.
    The other hype about “calling Congress back into session” E.J. Dionne and LOD agreed that would be the dumbest thing possible to do after their childish antics in July. The smartest thing for Obama to do is leave them alone, let the country cool off, and work with them when they come back in September. I LOVE it when Congress is out of session. Not so much stupidness happens! And just think, we won’t be seeing Boner and Cantor on the TV every day!!!!!

    • August 10, 2011 at 4:15 am

      I just asked Chris Matthews to show me some proof that President Obama plan to swiftboat Romney or go after his religion. I told Matthews that I did not believe this President will play that kind of politics. I told him that is not who this President is. But if you can prove me wrong then do so. I can admit if I’m wrong. Just show me your proof.


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