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a very good afternoon

President Obama makes an unscheduled visit to the African American Policy in Action Leadership Conference, Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building

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President Obama signs an Executive Order to cut waste and promote efficient spending across the federal government, Nov. 9

President Obama shakes hands with Carolyn Colvin of the Social Security Administration

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Methinks the President will be happy to see the creep go:

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Thanks creolechild


133 Responses to “a very good afternoon”


  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Afternoon Chips! Good Afternoon TOD Family! Congratulations Ohio!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    I also want to talk about the work you’ve been doing for decades: Work to make sure that folks get an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. Work to make sure that families get a fair shake. The work you’ve done that helped build the greatest middle class the world has ever known. I’m talking about the work that got us a 40-hour workweek and weekends, and paid leave and pensions, and the minimum wage and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare — the cornerstones of middle-class security. That’s because of your work.

    If you want to know who helped lay these cornerstones of an American middle class you just have to look for the union label. That’s the bedrock this country is built on. Hard work. Responsibility. Sacrifice. Looking out for one another. Giving everybody a shot, everybody a chance to share in America’s prosperity, from the factory floor to the boardroom. That’s what unions are all about. (from September 5, 2011 Labor Day Speech in Detroit, Michigan)

    Have a great day, everyone! :-P

    • 2 theo67
      November 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Very appropriate quote today, after the Ohio win. Thanks!

      • 3 PoliticalJunkessa
        November 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

        :-)

        • 4 HZ
          November 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm

          Thanks PJ for these wonderful O quotes to start our day off. Just getting to my computer(doctors, and lab work.) I mentioned that because I looked around as I was doing my paper work to prepare for the lab work, and I sat there and thought of how these medical workers were thankful for all that surrounds their ability to still have their jobs because of the Affordable Patient Care Act.

          I thankss the lab technician who took my blood for all of the tests that I had to take. She was so grateful for my thank yous. In fact, she was so thankful, that she thanked me for expressing my thoughts.

          By the time that I left, I had conversatios about what took place in Ohio last night. How people are coming together and are standing together with teachers, firefighters, nurses, first responders, and all of those who are important in our our lives,. Nurses, lab technicians, research, people, data workers on patients’ care etc.

          They were surprised that they had people who really work hard to knock on doors, write letters to Congress, make phone calls to Senators and thank and support our President. on their behalf. They were very nice and excited that we are out there working for them. Just wanted to share to encourage us here to Press On.Love you all.HZ

    • 6 3ddriver
      November 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Hi all. Below I see an Ask Andrew Anything video. Here is one you might find interesting http://youtu.be/QECdE9623Fw

    • 7 nathkatun7
      November 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks PJ for highlighting this quote. What’s amazing is that the PL promotes the false meme that President Obama has not supported Unions. Thankfully, what is gratifying is that many people who belong to Unions know that President Obama is on their side.

  2. November 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    That vid on HCR is totally true. Dems need to support what they themselves have passed, against a great hardship too to boot.

    • 9 anniebella
      November 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      I agree with Andrew. The Dems have rarely gone out there and supported the President when it comes to anything. They have gone on tv to attack him though. There are times when i’M NOT SO PLEASE WITH THEM one bit.

      • 10 nintendowii10
        November 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

        It’s the Clintoncrats who refuse to defend PBO, because he’s used a strategy that’s been more effective than Clinton’s.

        PBO ended DADT, he passed HCR, and passed banking reform, all of which were screwups from the Clinton era. And of course Bill is bitter, so naturally the Clintoncrats will also be bitter.

        • November 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

          They are simply a disingenuous bunch. They know deep in their hearts the magnitude of PBO’s policies. And so to try to deny him that, they come out with a whole bunch of nonsense. That to my mind, is why some want so desperately for PBO to lose re-election. But we are going to make big liars out of them.

          No matter how they try, what President Obama has done, will be etched in stone in the history books.

          • 12 symmetry11
            November 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

            They will never defend or fully support PBO. Doing so would mean that they were wrong about him & that they backed the wrong person.

          • 13 HZ
            November 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm

            Yes, we are Africa. How are you doing? Keep up your beautiful spirit. You are so special to your us here. I appreciate you very much. You lift my spirit to keep moving.

            Africa, you are so right in your thoughts. We will work and make all of this nonsense chatter vanish with our hard work of moving forward and focusing on the things that we know that we are capable of accomplishing. And as you stated, the history and accomplishments of POB will be forever “etched in the stones of the history books and the minds and lives of the beautiful young and old who will remember the goodness of the 44th President of the United States of America. HZ

      • 14 Ladyhawke
        November 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

        HOW ABOUT A WHITEBOARD PRESENTATION ON HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW

        i totally agree with what Andrew said. The Democrats have an amazing story to tell. Somebody has got to think outside the box and try to figure out a way to blow a hole in the media firewall. The firewall is compromised when President Obama goes directly to the people with his message. Or when he has interviews with LOCAL media. But give me a break, does President Obama have to do everything??

        The Democrats should be listening to Elizabeth Warren. She goes right to the heart of the matter. She speaks plainly and people get it. I have always been puzzled why more Democrats are not on tv and cable reenforcing what President Obama says. He can’t do it alone.

        Too many Americans don’t have a clue about the accomplishments of the Obama administration. There are projects and initiatives that should be common knowledge to the general public. Also, I keep harping on this, the American people don’t know jack about how their government functions. The American people need a refresher course in government 101. Maybe if more American understood what a “filibuster” was the light bulb would go off and they would start to ask the questions that need to be asked. Like why is my representative voting against firefighters, teachers and policemen. Why is my representative voting against infrastructure for my state?

        Knowledge is power. It’s not just the accomplishments that everyone should be aware of, it’s what it took to navigate the obstruction of the Republican Party, They have stood on the sidelines and done nothing to help spur the economy. And now they think they should be rewarded for their inaction in 2012. Imagine that.

        • 15 Judith Fardig
          November 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

          WE need to be part of spreading the facts and benefits of the Affordable Care Act and educating people who need health insurance about healthcare.gov with links to their state’s programs. I work in a gym and have an opportunity frequently to point this out to women who are confused. I also think we should embrace Obamacare and add an s because Obama Cares!! Let’s hijack that term and put a positive spin on it.

        • 16 utaustinliberal
          November 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

          Couldn’t agree more Ladyhawke.

    • November 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Yeah, but calling the Dems a bunch of useless do-nothings isn’t exactly the way to get a message across. I quit watching the vid as soon as he said that. He’s not exactly the person I want as the face of HCR.

      • November 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        I agree. Some Dems really piss me off at times but we have got to stand strong and together. One thing the emos & PL don’t seem to get is that some Dems answer to a very conservative constituency where a very progressive Dem couldn’t get elected. We have to support our Dems, not tear them down.

      • 19 HZ
        November 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

        Hi TienLe, great thoughts. I was thinking what if we contacted Debbie at DNC and ask for a small compact booklet on these important topics to have mail to us upon request that we can share with friends, neighbors etc.

        I attended a meeting on this pass Sun to do some phone banking and there was a beautiful compact booklet on the POB’s Jobs Bill. We could all take one and use it to share with others in conversations etc. Great idea. It is compact to carry in your purse or small tote as we go out to pass out the message. Just a thought. I am going to get on it for my work in the campaign.

        I know that there are materials out there in this format that we can be using. The Dems need to do their part of course, but we need material now, and not everyone we will be coming in touch with have computers to go and download this informaiton. Just thinking how we can get the word out. What do you think?HZ

      • 20 nathkatun7
        November 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        Bravo, Tien Le! And, by the way, many Democrats , including the President, repeatedly tout the benefits of ACA! It’s not their fault that the MSM never covers what they say. The MSM is quick to highlight those Democrats who appear not to be strong supporters of ACA. But they neglect many Democrats, including my Senator, Barbara Boxer, and the President, who continuously highlight the benefits of the HCR. I am sorry but I don’t want to hear any more negativity driven by the beltway professional pundits. Andrew Sullivan, like Chris Matthews is two faced.

        • 21 Obama Grandmama
          November 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

          Saw Barbara Boxer on Hardball tonight. She was great. Chris Matthews tried to trick her into helping his theory of PBO not reaching out to cultivate Democratic Legislators help. He was repeatedly asking her if she had contact with the President and when she kept saying yes she felt she could contact him whenever she wanted and similar responses you could hear and audible noise from him that showed displeasure in her answer. He then said something like okay and went on with his points. I had heard him earlier pushing his new JFK book giving advise to PBO about how he needed to reach out to those in Congress so he would have backup help. Now he just grumbles if he cannot prove his point. Yay, Barabara, way to end his rants!

  3. 22 nintendowii10
    November 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Another video to add Chips:

    • November 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      Nothing new there. The mofo is still shilling for ‘business’ and for cuts.

      • November 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

        I know, amk!! I looked at him last night and did not believe a word he said about hearing the people. He came into office with this premeditated idea and not only that, worked to the dying end to see the voters fail on this. If it quacks like a Koch, walk like a Koch, it is a Koch!!

        • 25 HZ
          November 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

          Felt the same way as I watched him. Still acting as far as I am concerned.. He was thinking of his job and that is time is running out. Do not trust him at all.HZ

    • 26 Fred
      November 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      no time to reflect fucker.You had your arse handed to ya so deal with it and get off the backs of police officers;teachers;firefighters and co :roll:

  4. 27 Jessica
    November 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Buyers Remorse!! No kidding. I’m looking at you Florida and Wisconsin.

  5. November 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    TOD~ I just came across this article which confirms that the project WhatISWorking is attempting to set up couldn’t come at a better time, and should be utilized with all hands on deck!

    Koch brothers: secretive billionaires to launch vast database with 2012 in mind

    The secretive oil billionaires the Koch brothers are close to launching a nationwide database connecting millions of Americans who share their anti-government and libertarian views, a move that will further enhance the tycoons’ political influence and that could prove significant in next year’s presidential election.

    The database will give concrete form to the vast network of alliances that David and Charles Koch have cultivated over the past 20 years on the right of US politics. The brothers, whose personal wealth has been put at $25bn each, were a major force behind the creation of the tea party movement and enjoy close ties to leading conservative politicians, financiers, business people, media figures and US supreme court judges.

    The voter file was set up by the Kochs 18 months ago with $2.5m of their seed money, and is being developed by a hand-picked team of the brothers’ advisers. It has been given the name Themis, after the Greek goddess who imposes divine order on human affairs.

    ~snip~

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/07/koch-brothers-database-2012-election?newsfeed=true

    h/t Ed Pilkington

    • 29 theo67
      November 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Creolechild – this new initiative from the Koch brothers is scaring the living daylights out of me, so I’m glad you posted this again. Those brothers are devilish, and the saying “there’s power in numbers” is very true. If they consolidate their numbers of sheep-like fools who they can consistently message and mobilize, then they’ll have built a pretty powerful network. Look at Fox and the Murdoch empire. They’ve seen President Obama’s army, which is fueled by positive energy and optimism, and they want to match it with a dark force fueled by lies and hate (just look at the name of this database and it’s meaning). This little venture they’re starting should not be underestimated, and it just serves to highlight how important 2012 is going to be (and every election after that, really). They won’t like having been defeated so thoroughly last night, and they’ll only come back stronger.

      Hopefully, the positive energy in the OWS group will overcome those who seek to use it to sow discontent and lethargy/apathy, and they can also learn from the lesson last night that tangible goals need tangible action to actually effect change. It’s not just about gathering large groups – Jon Stewart did that right before the 2010 election, and then wasted the opportunity by making a mockery of the election process. I hope OWS doesn’t follow that route, but instead follows the example that the unions, OFA and motivated voters provided last night.

      • November 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

        Theo~ It is truly scary that the Kochs use their wealth to circumvent the democratic process. It’s even more shameful that their efforts are aided and abetted by politicians who don’t have this country’s best interests at heart–simply because they’re dedicated to unseating President Obama. The Koch database isn’t up and running YET…but I don’t think that we can expect that to be the case indefinitely. So, the question remains as to whether we’ll be proactive in the face of this development. In other words, what can be done to impede the Koch momentum before it’s fully implemented?

        Two things come to mind: there’s OFA and there’s the pragmatic blogroll. Think about the growth of pragmatic sites that have cropped up over the past few years. Many people have come to rely upon these sites for “real” information and facts. People have also come to the realization that they can’t just sit back and wait for elected officials to do the right thing. WE must be actively involved to ensure that change occurs! Arizona, Ohio, Missississippi, Wisconsin, and other states are prime examples of this type of mentality and activism.

        Wouldn’t it be great the prag sites were to keep their individual identities but united, specifically, around the re-election of President Obama? There could be coordinated efforts which emphasize the stark differences between the President’s vision about the direction of this country vs. what the Republicans offer and have tried to implement. (WhatISWorking has a database full of information; other sites do as well.) There could be coordinated voter registration drives; detailed themes of the day involving explanations pertaining to the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, eliminating oil subsidies, ensuring corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes, and more.

        We could fill the “media blackout” void with the information that we have at our fingertips AND reach as many people as possible using all the tools that we have at our disposal. There are “too many” people out there who are unaware of what the President has managed to accomplish, but we have the ability to change the game–through strength in numbers and determination.~

        • November 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

          DANG! Sometimes I wish we had a “like” button because I would hit that button 1000 times for this comment. There is already some cross posting with the Pragmatic blogs but it would be great to unite and work together for the election. I also think that Twitter will be a powerful tool for us to keep in communication and get the positive messages out there.

        • 32 theo67
          November 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

          I love this idea, too. Getting an amplified message out there is mission #2, after getting people registered to vote.

    • November 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      One has to wonder what is it that drives a bunch of rich people to work so tirelessly to step on a few people just trying to make it. And sadly, they’ve managed to cajole legions of people to think and vote against their own interests.

    • November 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Since Koch brothers are into Greek mythology, let me say this is a lot of hubris. The Republicans have always had a comprehensive database connecting millions of people who share their views and for years it was considered better than anything the Dems could come up with. Then Dean got the DNC’s act together and come up with a Democratic database that was the equal to the Republicans. That database was great until the OFA produced a better one. Now the Koch gods are creating a database, which as got to have a huge overlap with the Republican one. So do their efforts run counter to the Republican Party or do they replace the what the Republicans are doing? Who’s controlling the messages? The Koch Brothers or the Republicans? When people say a database is “powerful” they mean it can do a lot of things and has lots of bells and whistles. But if two “powerful” databases are sending messages to the same group of people, what’s the point? It should make any political party nervous when a private citizen usurps it’s role in reaching its own members.
      The Koch brothers have some very Olympian ambitions and consider themselves the rightful rulers of the country. But if the messages they send are out of tune with the times and with the majority of Americans, their “powerful” systems will fall flat. I hope there’s a very big FBI file on these traiters.

    • 35 lmrj
      November 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Tweeted this to @OFA_HQ & @DavidAxelrod & @BarackObama. They may not know. Best to cover all bases. Got to get back to work,

  6. 36 Jessica
    November 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    https://www.gopdebatewatch.com/

    No way am I playing (I might end up owing the Obama campaign half of my bank account) but this looks like fun.

  7. 39 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    November 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Hello and good afternoon TODers. We are so happy with our results here in Ohio. It is a stunning political blow for Fascist TeaGovernor Kasich. I’m sure he has more tricks up his sleeve, but we will meet him at every turn. Although Dems did fantanstic last night on ballot issues and recalls we must keep PRESSING ON as PBO would say. The Teapublicans are still going to try and get their way with the Koch Bros backing. What we have witnessed last night if we Dems pull together and put in the effort we can be very successful. We must remember last night and use it as a spring board moving foward for the campaign in 2012.

    Former Mayor Bloomberg is going to run as a 3rd party candidate and try to SIPHON Dem and Progressive votes from PBO. So our work is never done. Our beloved President has enemies on all sides, but he keeps working his tail off for the American People. He is such an inspiration and he is a big reason Ohio got such a great victory last night. I love you all and must get ready for work. I will re post my post election post from last night…..just because I am so PROUD of the work we have done here in Ohio and I want to thank all who have been supportive in TODville. I appreciate all of the well wishes, prayers, and support, this past year. I also thankyou for the Congrats from a lot of you in the previous 2 threads. Couldn’t answer them all, but thanks. :wink: Here is my post just out of thankfulness and gratitude. :grin: HALLELUJAH!! WE WON. OHIO IS CELEBRATING. SB5 (THE ANTI COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LAW) HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY REPEALED. HAVEN’T POSTED IN THE LAST COUPLE DAYS. BEEN SO BUSY WITH OFA OHIO. I HAD TO WORK TONITE AFTER VOTING SO I COULDN’T BE DOWNTOWN FOR THE VICTORY WATCH PARTY. WE ARE SO EXCITED. ALL OUR MARCHING, PROTESTING, GATHERING SIGNATURES, PETITIONS, PHONEBANKING, CANVANSSING, E-MAILING, AND TWEETING PAID OFF. DEMOCRACY WORKDED TONITE. WE EVEN ELECTED OUR DEM MAYOR FOR A RECORD 4TH CONSECUTIVE TERM. BITE ON THAT ON KASICH!! WE ARE PRESSING ON TO 2012!! KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! YES WE CAN, YES WE DID, YES WE WILL AGAIN!! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    • 40 Debz
      November 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Keith, Bloomberg is the current mayor, not former. Rumors of him being a 3rd party candidate have been going around since 2007. He represents big business, wall street and the 1%. He wont be taking votes from PBO, Romney maybe, but not the Prez.

    • 49 theo67
      November 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Cognratulations on the Ohio win, Keith.

      I think you’re right about Bloomberg – he is part of that “no labels” group with Arianna and Morning Joke. I have a thinking friend who recently said that she would find it hard to pick between President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, and I was horrified. I’ve since started bombarding her with lots of information on what President Obama has accomplished and what he stands for. She’s a former New Yorker (Manhattaner), so she’s going to be tough to crack, but I’m committed.

      Bloomberg has been effective sitting on the fence between Democratic and Republican ideals, although he burned a few bridges with his defense of bankers and the way he’s treated the OWS folks. But, that might have been a ploy to appeal to the right. He might even be positioning himself for a VP slot with Huntsman, who spent some time in New York right around the time of his announcement and is McCain’s protege, and he also has ties to “no labels”.

      I’m keeping an eye on Bloomberg. I don’t like his stance.

      • 50 Judith Fardig
        November 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        I’m seeing a lot of pop-up ads for the shadowy group “Americans Elect” and their online Presidential nominating program. They are funded by a small group of hedge fund managers who won’t disclose much about their real backers and true motivations. I don’t trust them for one second! They are planning to get on the ballot in all 50 states and were trying to get signatures at the first day of OWS in Portland, OR among the 10,000 people who showed up for the march.

        They say they are centrist but will require their nominee (chosen by on-line poll) to choose a V.P. running mate from “a different” party. Who among us can dig up some accurate information about these guys and make sure the Obama campaign knows about them?

        Is this related in any way to the No Labels folks? Are the Koch brothers or Karl Rove involved? Is this an attempt to disrupt President Obama’s chances or put a conservative like Bloomberg on the ticket? Should we participate or not to try to nominate someone who won’t take votes from Obama? (e.g. Trump, Palin, etc.)?

      • 51 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        November 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        Thanks Theo and Judith. Glad someone is understanding the VIBE I am getting from Bloomberg. There is a festering element wanting to cut off PBO from the Progressive ranks. Stay tuned and stay aware and lets keep fighting. :wink:

        • 52 symmetry11
          November 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

          I read an article a a month or so ago ( can’t remember where???) stating that Bloomberg was planning to get into the race in August 2012. I didn’t pay it much attention, b/c I was thinking that would be to late to get in. He wouldn’t have time to be included on the ballot. Now I am thinking that he might try to be the “write in candidate”.

    • 55 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Congrats on Ohio, Keith! You guys ROCKED IT!

      ….and Bloomberg ain’t running for president in 2012, first, second, or third party. Period. Chill :-).

    • November 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      My personal opinion: Bloomberg is not running for anything!! And for starters, Bloomberg is STILL mayor of New York. I just hate these baseless rumors being spread here.

      And to be sure, Bloomberg will not be taking votes from PBO because this president has more to offer than any of these guys, despite what the media may have people believe. I won’t traffic in these rumors, because they tend to be demoralizing. And after Dem wins yesterday, we just need to keep our eyes on the prize and that is working our end tails off to prove the media and all the other naysayers wrong.

    • 57 Fred
      November 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      congrats again Keith and good job

  8. November 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Once you have your popcorn popped, this is for tonight’s GOP debate: https://www.gopdebatewatch.com/

  9. 60 theo67
    November 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This is fun – they should have used the work “Iran”, too, since the GOP is on a mission to start another war.

  10. 63 ChristiMtl
    November 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    The video about the KKKoch brothers gives me chills…….

  11. November 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I too agree with Andrew Sullivan, he is saying something similar to George Clooney, Dems have poor messaging skills. This is not new, Will Rogers once said, “I don’t belong to an organized political party – I’m a Democrat.”
    We eat our own indeed. Not sure of the psychology of our party, our President, like Sullivan said, is a lone voice it seems fighting for the Affordable Healthcare Act. We loose the narrative to change peoples minds when we step back and second guess and listen to polls, when we should be pushing back to inform and change the polls. What is it about our party?

    • 65 theo67
      November 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      I think the looseness of the party message becomes even more stark when compared with the discipline and sheep-like quality of the GOP. They believe without analysis, and they just parrot what they’re told. Their party loyalty stems largely from prejudices, stereotypes, long held beliefs, which are hard to shake – even when confronted with the truth. Even many of the ones who are unemployed and were nearly abandoned in December when their benefits were almost cut off will still vote Republican, because they don’t associate themselves with those “other” people who need government assistance. Their situation is different, in their minds. Just like the seniors who want to deprive “other” people of benefits, but want their own Medicare, Social Security, etc. – not even thinking to themselves that their own children may be impacted in the future by what they’re doing now.

      Democrats associate through shared ideology, but you can probably get a lot more facts and figures from a Democrat, and analysis of actual legislation or threats that they perceive. There are sheep on the Democratic side too, those who are led by the PL, and such. But, generally, it’s a different kind of following and it can be challenged. It’s a little healthier. But, in times like these, there needs to be more unity to prevent the damage that the Republicans want to inflict, and less stubbornness about unmet dreams.

      • 66 edp4bho
        November 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        “Their party loyalty stems largely from prejudices, stereotypes, long held beliefs, which are hard to shake”

        This is what gets me when I hear that rethugs are excellent on messaging. Well, when you’ve got people who already have their minds made up about certain issues, relentlessly, how hard is it to convince a child that that piece of candy is good for you? That it’s okay if mommy said no, because it will taste so good? I mean, really serious, convincing messaging came from our current President, who got people to change their ways of looking at things. If anyone is excellent on messaging, it is he….except that same message begins to look a bit thin with no backup from people we elected to have his back. His attempts are like a one-man political party as it stands. Rethugs build on fear of “the different”…..pure and simple. That doesn’t take genius to produce.

      • November 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        I think the Democrats have made great strides in improving messaging techniques. Focusing on a handful of issues: Jobs, Save Medicare/SS, the Middle Class and employing 3 word slogans: We Can’t Wait, Pass This Bill and such is beginning to pay some dividends. We have the better message, we’re learning how to deliver it. By Sept 2012, we should have mastered it.

  12. November 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Good morning TOD friends. I am still happy from last night election results. I just happen to turn on the tv and I had forgotten that I left on it on MSNBC. Lo and behold, the first thing I saw was Chuck Todd and A. Mitchell in MI saying that Michigan is in play for the 2012 election since Mittens has some ties there. I guess they will discuss as much negative stuff as possible to attempt to overide the good results for Dems last night. DWS will be on Andrea’s show today.

    • 69 Debz
      November 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      I was wondering how the msm was going to spin last night’s elections, I guess they will just ignore yesterday all together and start some new Obama is Dooooomed talking points.

      • 70 jacquelineoboomer
        November 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        I’ve been switching back and forth between CNN and MSNBC and they are both doing lots to distract people from all the Dem victories yesterday.

        (COS – You got further than I did, watching Toad and Andrea. I saw their faces and hit the remote!)

        • November 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

          Jacqueline, I only watched CT and AM for a couple of seconds just to see what lie they would be spinning. I immediately turned to Judge Mathis to get my laugh for the day. :)

        • November 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm

          Because, their sister channel cnbc is having a republican debate, so they have to promote it.
          Disgusting!
          Maria bartaromo snd Rick santeli?

          Really?

    • November 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Sure. Romney wanted to kill the auto industry down there. The people of Michigan will continue to hear that throughout this campaign.

  13. 74 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Mitt Romney was on the losing side of both the Ohio SB-5 vote and the Mississippi “Personhood” Amendment vote. The man is dope. :lol:

  14. 77 a4alice
    November 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I saw on the last thread that someone was talking about doing a money bomb. I’m only $75.00 away from my personal goal of $300. So if anyone feels like throwing a fiver in the kitty that’d be great!

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/a4alice

    thanks in advance! :-)

  15. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Tweet from Craig:

    CraigatFEMA Craig Fugate
    Today at 2:00 p.m. EST is the National Test of the Emergency Alert System …

  16. 81 Lightfoot
    November 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Ha ha, the look on President Obama’s face as prime minister Berlusconi while drooling and inviting an embrace from the First Lady Michelle Obama
    is priceless. If I were a mind reader my reading of the President’s face would be: Mo’ Fo,’ I’ll smack the $#!+ out of you if you pull any funny
    business with my wife!!! Comprendez?!!

  17. November 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    According to a press release, agencies have been spending millions on unused cell phone accounts and have been issuing multiple smartphones to employees. The Department of Commerce has decided to disconnect 2,648 wireless lines that showed no activity at all, for example, saving $3 million. 

    President Obama, in a statement announcing the order, said “we’re cutting what we don’t need so that we can invest in what we do need.”

    An administration official said that the initiative would allow an estimated $4 billion to be reinvested in “things that really matter” like “our nation’s infrastructure to help grow the economy and create jobs.”

  18. November 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Senate Democrats this week will offer an amendment to a bill repealing the 3 percent withholding rule that adds a new section requiring the federal government to take several steps aimed at helping returning veterans to transition to civilian employment, and also adds a tax credit for companies that hire veterans.

    The amendment, offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), adds a new “Vow to Hire Heroes” section to the bill, which broadly boosts retraining assistance for veterans. It also requires a study on how veterans with certain skills learned in the armed forces can find related jobs in the private sector.

  19. 85 isonprize
    November 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Anybody else think that Pres. Obama looks like he is is about 2-3 inches away from slappin’ the ish out of Berlusconi for lookin’ at his wife the way he is in the photo? Berlusconi is all creepy, dirty old man, eeeewwwww lookin’ at Michelle. EWWWWW But I think Pres. Obama would THROW DOWN if anybody messes with “his girls”

    • November 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Fucking Italy is messing with our markets. The republican debate will be somewhat about Italy and Greece, because they have no solutions, they will try snd scare you.

    • 87 dotster3
      November 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      My impression is that President Obama knows that Michelle is a strong woman and can take care of herself, would never allow herself to be used by anyone ever, does not require defending. She’s capable on her own, and the president, more than anyone, knows that. I saw the look on PBO’s face when he looked at Berlusconi as a look of disgust for the kind of person Berlusconi is, a real scumbag.

      • 88 anniebella
        November 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        dotster3, but that still is his wife. And most men will defend their wives if they thought someone was being disrespectful to their wife. I think Barack Obama would do the same.

  20. November 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    The Senate is voting on to get rid of net neutrality rules and to get rid of EPA rules.
    You know, jobs bills!

    What a waste of time… But, they sure are making a big deal out of it.

  21. November 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Here comes the TOD emergency broadcast test- this is only a test

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    This was only a test, in the event of an emergency would have been followed by emergency information news or instruction.

    Thank you!

  22. November 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    grover fucking norquist shows boner who is the boss.

    Grover Norquist’s powerful anti-tax group came out forcefully against a balanced-budget amendment being considered by House Republican leadership.

    Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist’s nonprofit group which plays a big role in congressional Republican politics, sent Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a letter Wednesday, saying that “the introduction of a weak balanced-budget amendment — an amendment that does not require a supermajority to raise taxes or instill sufficient spending restraint — will be regarded as an abandonment of this commitment.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/67952.html#ixzz1dEjmfIqm

    Pathetic.

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      November 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      Grover’s Shadow Government. Not exactly what the Founding Fathers and Mothers had in mind.

    • 96 theo67
      November 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Grover needs to learn his place. He’s a citizen with one vote, like every other American. He doesn’t get to tell Representatives of the PEOPLE what to do, even if they’re weak Speakers like Boehner. If he wants more power, he can run for election and then hope to get to the Speaker’s office one day. I detest that little weasel.

  23. 97 a4alice
    November 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    hey TOD

    Got an email from Dick Durbin – y’all have probably seen this already but just in case here it is:

    http://petition.reversecitizensunited.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5007&tag=rcu_durbin_e

    It is a petition to reverse Citizens United

    here’s a snip from my email from Sen Durbin:

    Then, in last year’s controversial Citizens United vs. FEC decision, Republican appointees on the Supreme Court overturned prior precedent and struck down Congress’ sensible regulations on corporate spending in political campaigns.

    A key solution to address the root cause of this problem is to amend the Constitution to make it absolutely clear to the Supreme Court and the special interests that Congress and state governments have the power to limit the flow of corporate money into campaigns.

  24. November 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    How many people want to bet me that the Republicans in tonights debate, will mention Italy and Greece and equate the united states as having the same exact problem.

    Only problem is- this is the poorest countries on earth, compared to the richest country.

    That is like comparing me to Warren buffet.
    Really?

  25. 105 nintendowii10
    November 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    This just popped in Chips:

  26. November 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Hello Everyone

    It’s the pesty one, I am again asking folks to submit their names and location so we can organize for the year ahead.

    to those of you who have forgotten why we are doing this here is the original blog post from desertflower

    You know what I’d like to know? I’d be interested in knowing what states that people that post here are from…if we had 50 people for all 50 states, we could blanket the newspapers, and local blogs from every state…with FACTS about what these traitor
    Republicans are doing to our country. Is that an impossible request? Am I naive to think
    that this can be accomplished? The fact that this Jobs Bill got shot down….a sliver of
    the entire package that would help so many necessary public service jobs…is beyond my
    comprehension. I do NOT trust the MSM to report this truthfully or without spin. We
    could do this…I know we could. Thoughts???

    desertflower – October 21, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Wonder if Chips could collect the data…or Linda over at WhatisWorking….then we can
    make a plan of action to write LTE’s, be active on local blogs, local TV station blogs
    etc….if we have people in N. Calif…..and some in SoCal…that’s perfect….you guys get
    the drift:) I just figure that if you want something DONE RIGHT, you got to do it yourself! Lord
    knows our media won’t do it…. So glad you both think the idea is doable and I’m not nuts! Thanks, theo and
    jacqueline…if you both want to mention this tomorrow…that would be great…:)

    We have 25 states with no names yet (last time I sent out this note we had 28 so this is an improvement)

    I know there are folks out there who have not submitted their name either her at the blog right below this post or at the WIW blog. Put it in either place and I will add your name to the list. Even if your state is not on the list, you can post your location below, the more folks sign up the more powerful out teams will be

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/10/tod-participants-found-in-states.html

    ALASKA
    ARKANSAS
    DELAWARE
    HAWAII
    IDAHO
    IOWA
    KANSAS
    LOUISIANA
    MAINE
    MISSISSIPPI
    MISSOURI
    NEBRASKA
    NEVADA
    NEWHAMPSHIRE
    NEW MEXICO
    OKLAHOMA
    OREGON
    RHODE ISLAND
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    SOUTH DAKOTA
    UTAH
    VERMONT
    WEST VIRGINIA
    WISCONSIN
    WYOMING

    Pester On

  27. 123 Fred
    November 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I swear neither I nor ThinkProgress is making this up so I read it myself to double check before I posted this stuff here but :shock: ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

    Cain Foreign Policy Adviser Channels Charlie Sheen In Pro-Regime Arab Spring Analysis: ‘Duh, Winning’

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/11/09/364140/cain-foreign-policy-adviser-charlie-sheen-arab-spring/

  28. 126 nintendowii10
    November 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    FWD for Africa

  29. November 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Queen City Shuffle
    by Zandar

    Across the river in local election results, Cincinnati voters made some major changes to the City Council in the wake of city and Hamilton County employees taking major budget cuts over the last year.

    Voters ousted four incumbent Republicans from Cincinnati City Council on Tuesday night, choosing instead seven Democrats, a majority of African-Americans, the first openly gay candidate and enough support to move forward with the streetcar project.

    The outcome clearly was the result of the turnout generated by Issue 2, the measure to repeal the collective bargaining reforms of Senate Bill 5. The issue was expected to draw a lot of Democrats and union supporters to the polls.

    ………………………………………………..

    And that’s just how big of a disaster Issue 2 was for Ohio Republicans last night. Expanding on what Kay was saying below, Kasich is toast, folks. The failure of Republicans to coalesce around this issue not only backfired miserably, it had the completely opposite effect, creating an off-year grassroots surge that knocked the blocks out from under Cincy conservatives. He cannot be jettisoned fast enough in the Buckeye State and Republicans in Ohio are now in a deep hole. The network to bring Ohio back into the blue column next year is already in place. The overreach was brutal, and a significant number of Ohio GOP voters jumped ship on this measure and mobilized Democrats to boot.

    The coattails on the Issue 2 No vote completely reworked the government of one of the more conservative cities in the state and made it overwhelmingly progressive, not to mention creating a majority African-American council to back Mayor Mallory. Between this and Dems rolling to wins in Kentucky as mistermix mentioned, yeah, Tuesday was a pretty good day for our side ‘round my neck of the woods.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/11/09/queen-city-shuffle/

  30. November 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Ahh, President Obama’s beautiful hands.

  31. November 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    November 09, 2011 1:10 PM
    Rove lies about Obama, Clinton, and tax policy
    By Steve Benen

    Karl Rove and his cohorts used to lie about Bill Clinton. Now Rove’s attack operation, Crossroads GPS, is using Bill Clinton to lie about President Obama.

    A new ad from a Republican advocacy group attacks President Barack Obama’s jobs bill by contrasting his statements with those of former Democratic President Bill Clinton.

    The spot released Wednesday from Crossroads GPS plays clips of Clinton saying now is not the time to raise taxes and of Obama promoting increased tax rates on higher income earners as part of his jobs plan.

    The ad is a lie; Rove’s operation knows it’s a lie; and yet they’re pushing the lie anyway.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/rove_lies_about_obama_clinton033384.php

    • 131 jacquelineoboomer
      November 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Wishing nobody could get any recent video of President Clinton to use, if ya know what I mean.

    • 132 anniebella
      November 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Yesterday I had a kind word to say about ex-President G.W.Bush keeping his mouth close since he has been out of office, but I am taking that back. Bush can sit back and be quiet because of his mouth piece snake in the grass Karl Rove is out there. So anything nice I said about GW, I take that back


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