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Air Force One kicks up a cloud of snow after landing at Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Richard Cordray, who will be appointed as head of the country’s new consumer financial protection watchdog, awaits President Barack Obama upon their arrival in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Dan Pfeiffer: Today the President will appoint Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  He has one important job: look out for the best interest of American consumers.  He’ll work on behalf of millions of families across the nation to ensure they’re not being taken advantage of by debt collectors and credit reporting agencies.  As America’s consumer watchdog, Cordray will work to ensure that families and students don’t get saddled with sky-high interest rates by mortgage or payday lenders.  Bottom line: he’ll strengthen oversight and accountability in order to protect millions of families across the nation.  This is an important step to protect the American people.

More here

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President Obama, flanked by Endia Eason and Richard Cordray, listens as William Eason speaks during a visit with the Eason family in Cleveland

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President Obama with Richard Cordray

Shaker Heights High School, Ohio


349 Responses to “ohio”


  1. 1 FiredUpInCA
    January 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Third!

  2. January 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Will Cordray speak today? I think that could be a good move. He needs to be the very public face of the CFPB, and get out in front and highlight things he will do so that the more the GOP is up in arms (and impeachment is even thrown around in some circles) that folks will see just how reasonable and sane Cordray is and not some ideologue and how the GOP’s obstruction of his was completely unwarranted and hyper partisan and their meltdown now is even more ridiculous.

  3. January 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    With the Cordray appointment, in the words of a famous philosopher, “Shit just got real.”

    • 6 FiredUpInCA
      January 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Liberal Librarian have you been following the latest bizarre twists of the L.A. arsonist and his mom? Here’s a link:

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/accused-la-arsonist-diagnosed-with-mental-disorders-by-bc-doctor/article2290230/

      • 7 overseasgranny
        January 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

        Arsonists are terrifying. We had one while I was in the Bay area and we, in our neighborhood, finally had to stay up all nights on shifts. The night I was on duty there he came and after MY car that time. I hit that siren alarm so fast…
        Then we had one when I was in Seattle, and he was after cars and trash to set on fire. I managed to avoid that one by a few blocks out of his arson territory.

        • January 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

          I hear you! Many years ago we had one in our neighborhood and our house was targeted. We were at work and a stranger passing by grabbed our neighbor’s hose and poured in on the fire in our carport until the fire department arrived. His quick action saved our house. I could never find him to say “Thank You” but he has been an angel in my mind ever since. Eventually they caught the arsonist, a 14 year old boy who set at least a dozen fires in our neighborhood. It was a horrible scary time.

      • January 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        You know, this is the funny thing. I rarely watch local news — much more of a BBC / France24 type. And I never watch CNN / MSNBC. So I had no idea this was going on until I saw it mentioned here. I was definitely living in blissful ignorance. But now I’ve been reading up on the arsons, and wow, whackadoodle, both him and his mother. I live in Inglewood, so he wasn’t targeting my area, but still, quite frightening. And meanwhile in NYC, another arsonist was nabbed who had targeted a mosque. The New Year just saw an explosion of arson.

        • 10 JoJothecat
          January 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

          Hi LL, it was announced the Thurs or Fri night before New Years on teevee which is weird that they waited so long to let people know. Shortly after it was annouced on the local news they caught the guy. My mom used to live over the garages before I moved her to the senior place last year. I am so glad he did not come out to Pasadena with all the dry brush we had in the streets.

      • 11 tally
        January 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        This dude’s mother is as insane as her son. And we find out more crazy every day!

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      LL- I just love that saying. It sums things up so succinctly in 3 words.It wasn’t in my arsenal of colourful languauge before,but I now chuckle every time I hear or say it.

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Yup. Looks like new year starts off some kick-ass. Since he has no more patience to deal with the traitorous rethugs, he might as well kick them in the nutz.

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      G’day TODville. You can say that again LL. The the turtle, eddie munster, and orange julius are now trying to dig their skivvies out of each others asses!

    • 17 Mel
      January 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      No kidding! a big “Shit just happened, PBO was brilliant on his move to appoint Richard Cordray
      to lead the CFPB just brilliant Mitch McConell must be shiting on his pants as we speak he, he
      bravo Mr presiden job well done!!!!!

  4. 18 Mary Gray
    January 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Glad of the recess appointment. Good for consuers. Also good to let rethugs know that their business as usual is over.

  5. 19 overseasgranny
    January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    This is going to be very interesting. The goopers will have fits and I do so enjoy watching that show.

    • 20 24Sass
      January 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Reading the pubs on twitter is like reading a comic book. One after the other….outrage. How dare he go around them? I’m loving every minute of it. One pointed to a letter….the one where they wanted to change the rules they already ok’d.

  6. January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Ok, getting up to speed with my morning coffee, and just saw the pictures on “Rise and shine” of topless Barack playing football. Chips, do you have a side business in Naughty Mats ™ or something?

  7. 23 Debz
    January 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    For PBO’s next FU to repugs, I’m looking for our SOS to deny a permit for the XL pipeline, taking it off the tab.e from being used to pass the tax cuts/UIB.

  8. 25 FiredUpInCA
    January 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I just got an email from Elizabeth Warren:

    “This is an important day. Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gets its first director — and its full powers. President Obama gave Richard Cordray a recess appointment that Republicans cannot block.

    Please join me and tell Richard Cordray we’re with him all the way: Click here to sign my online card now and deliver a strong message of support to an important advocate!”

  9. 30 nintendowii10
    January 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Going over to HuffyFluffy, the con heads are imploding over the Cordray recess appointment, ranting about how President Obama is circumventing the Constitution, how Chief Justice Roberts will stop him, etc etc etc, so this was definitely a bold move. The cons snivel over this, forget about last night’s clown circus with Willard buying 8 votes to win. And Bachmann stepping down is icing on the cake, I wonder who will be next to throw in the towel… maybe Perry if he doesn’t do well in South Carolina.

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Cordray’s credentials are impeccable and he’s far from an ideologue – there was no basis for the GOP to block him other than nullification. They wouldn’t even allow a up or down floor vote. Blocking him not on his merits, but because you didn’t like the office he would head would be like blocking the naming of secretary of defense or SCOTUS Justice because you don’t like those bodies.

      If the GOP wanted to change the CFPB than propose a bill and have it voted on. They chose not to go this route.

      I hope Pres., Carney and Dems really come out swinging on this issue.

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Circumventing the Constitution, eh? The Constitution specifies “Advice and Consent” from the Senate. The senate has not been given the opportunity to reject Courdroy, because the GOP won’t allow a vote. Seems to me they’re the ones being unconstitutional. They had no problems with Recess Appointments when George was on the throne.

      • 33 nintendowii10
        January 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        Yeah, funny how NONE of the cons sniveling over Cordray being recess appointed were quiet when Bush 43 recess appointed John Bolton.

        • January 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

          Issue more is that there is no recess now. Pres Obama is arguing that their pro-forma garbage doesn’t matter because they’re out until the 17th, so it’s a recess even if they don’t wast to call it that. Pres. is in Washington looking to get things done and Senate has another two weeks off so he makes appointments without them. They’re arguing that since there is no recess, he can’t make appointments.

      • 35 Pamela
        January 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        Have they never fully grasped the President is constitutional lawyer? Do they imagine ANY of them understand the constitution better than he?

        • 36 overseasgranny
          January 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

          Pamela, The quick answer to your questions is “Hell, no!” The longer answer is do they understand or grasp anything really? They have catch words, code words, and so they don’t have to understand anything.

    • 38 jeff
      January 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      on huffington post though their are lots of guys cheering Obama for this move.

    • 39 57andFemale
      January 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Except the Bush Justice Dept. reached the same conclusion about sham pro forma sessions.

      If the Republicans had done their job and allowed a vote, this wouldn’t have been necessary. So if you want to discuss who is circumventing the law, it was Republicans for not giving this duly legislated agency the director that it needs to implement the law.

    • 47 anniebella
      January 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      I won’t shed one tear for Ms. Bachmann. Bye-Bye.

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      buh, bye batshit crazy bachmann. There was a guy at dkos, bill somebody, who was always fear-mongernig about how this nutter is tight with the fundies and she would be a surprise nominee. Also, the famed slinker, who told all that obama was toast if perry ever got into the race.

      Such a sweet schadenfreude. Twice.

    • January 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      This joke of a person needs to be roundly defeated in the next congressional election. She has no business serving in any political office at the national or state level. If her local constituents love her so much they can elect to a local office where her ability to inflict damage is limited. Just please take her from the national stage and let her fade into blissful obscurity where she can spin all her conspiracy theories in endless conversations with herself.

      • 50 57andFemale
        January 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

        But she’s not a politician. I heard her say so last night.

        How can you be in Congress and say you’re not a politician?

  10. January 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Messina and Axelrod will be holding a press conference today!

  11. January 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Bringing this over from the previous thread to help combat ‘manufactured outrage” and claims that the Cordray appointment demonstrates “unprecedented overreach” by the POTUS.~

    Perhaps John Boehner needs to take a refresher course as to what the Constitution allows and disallows!~

    President Obama Still Has All The Legal Authority He Needs To Make A Recess Appointment Right Now
    By Ian Millhiser on Jan 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    There are no modern precedents for McConnell-style mass obstructionism, and there is no Supreme Court decision considering how long senators must be out of Washington before recess appointments are allowed. In Evans v. Stephens, that court considered whether Pryor’s appointment was invalid because it occurred during a very short legislative break. This court is the highest legal authority ever to weigh in on the question of whether a break in the Senate’s calendar must last a certain number of days before a recess occurs, and it answered that question with an unambiguous “no”:

    The Constitution, on its face, does not establish a minimum time that an authorized break in the Senate must last to give legal force to the President’s appointment power under the Recess Appointments Clause. And we do not set the limit today.

    As Evans explains, “the text of the Constitution does not differentiate expressly between inter- and intrasession recesses for the Recess Appointments Clause,” and “the main purpose of the Recess Appointments Clause—to enable the President to fill vacancies to assure the proper functioning of our government —supports reading both intrasession recesses and intersession recesses as within the correct scope of the Clause.”

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/03/396384/president-obama-reportedly-will-make-recess-appointments-today-or-tomorrow/

  12. 63 defytheodds
    January 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Automakers have best U.S. sales year since 2008, report says

    Automakers had their best U.S. sales since 2008 as the industry continues to recover from its recession-caused tailspin.

    Auto information company Edmunds.com projected that the industry will have sold 12.8 million new vehicles in 2011, about a 10% increase over last year’s volume.

    That would be the best since automakers sold 13.2 million vehicles in 2008….

    General Motors Co. sold 2.5 million vehicles last year, a 13% gain from the prior year.

    “We were able to grow all four of our brands and reestablish Chevrolet as a force to be reckoned with in the passenger car business,” said Don Johnson, vice president of U.S. sales operations. “This gives us a very solid foundation to compete in a market that we expect to keep growing.”

    Chrysler Group sales rose 26% to nearly 1.4 million.

    Ford Motor Co. said its sales in 2011 topped 2.1 million vehicles, an 11% increase from a year earlier.

    “The year finished on a high note, with industry sales momentum strengthening as the year came to a close,” said Ken Czubay, Ford’s sales and marking chief. “We saw Ford sales strengthen as well, posting our best December retail sales month since 2005.”

    He said the Ford label was America’s best selling brand in 2011, topping Chevrolet and Toyota.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mo-auto-sales-20120104,0,2452357.story?track=rss&cid=dlvr.it&dlvrit=52116

  13. 67 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    KNOW BEFORE YOUR OWE

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    “Know Before You Owe”. That’s the motto of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By obstructing the appointment of Richard Cordray the Republican Party has forced President Obama’s hand. And the best part will be that their obstruction will be the vehicle to educate the American people about this organization that was created to PROTECT THEM. That’s right, the Republican Party does not like the idea that there is an organization whose sole responsibility is looking out for and PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I can’t wait for the light bulbs to start going off with Americans across the country. This will be the best advertisement ever for the CFPB. You mean the GOP is against this organization that was created to protect consumers like me? Why??

    I lost all respect for the OWS crowd when they chose to ignore the obstruction of the Republican Party as it relates to the CFPB and criticize President Obama. He’s the one fighting for consumers. Where is the outrage about the GOP trying to prevent the implementation of Dodd-Frank? Never mind, President Obama will handle this. With the appointment of Richard Cordray, the organization will be able to start doing the important job of protecting consumers. And that is exactly why the Republican Party is having a cow right now. What will their defense be to blocking a director of the CFPB. We just didn’t like the ‘idea’ of the CFPB even though it is part of legislation that has been passed and signed into law. They don’t have a leg to stand on. The Republican Party obstruction is about to get the scrutiny it deserves.

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    http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

    • 68 defytheodds
      January 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      The GOP is turning out to be their own worse enemy. Which is music to my ears, and very good news for the American people, especially the 99%.

      • 69 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        Precisely, and just to remind them:

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        @KarlRove YOU spent 3 yrs harming most Americans in order to destroy our 1st black President & instead YOU destroyed the GOP. #KARMAOBAMA12

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        @McConnellPress YOU spent 3 yrs harming most Americans in order to destroy it’s 1st black President & instead YOU destroyed the GOP. #KARMA

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        @SpeakerBoehner YOU spent 3 yrs harming most Americans in order to destroy it’s 1st black President & instead YOU destroyed the GOP. #KARMA

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        @EricCantor YOU spent 3 yrs harming most Americans in order to destroy it’s 1st black President & instead YOU destroyed the GOP. #KARMAOBAMA

        #PRESSON

        • January 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

          As I said last night before my eyes rebelled and forced me to go to sleep: the even money is still on Romney to get the nomination. But even if he does, it won’t be from a position of strength, and he’ll probably have to contend with Paul and Trump mounting major 3rd party runs on his right. He’ll be leading a fractured, dispirited GOP, facing an electrified Dem electorate eager to back the President. A 1936 or 1964 result isn’t out of the question. One would almost think that Obama foresaw this and put his pieces into place to take advantage. But then again, I’m a stupid Obot, so what do I know.

          • 71 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            January 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

            Precisely, LL. And, I assure you you aren’t stupid and neither is our President. He told these folk he’s in it for the long-haul and he finishes strong in the 4th quarter. Well, he’s just in the 2nd quarter at this stage and the score is Obama(American people) 50 — GOP – 1(%)

            #PRESSON

            • January 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

              In my eyes, the president has been going strong since day one, battling enemy after enemy to achieve some of the finest progressive legislation in my lifetime. If this is what he’s done so far, the “fourth quarters” is going to be a humdinger.

        • January 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

          Great work, Bobfr, as usual! I admire your get-up-and-go-spirit! You’re a great supporter and I love it that you leave these messages on other pragmatic progressive blogs. You are an inspiration.

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      What you said!

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      PRESS ON!

  14. January 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    :)

  15. 76 FiredUpInCA
    January 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I love how John Boehner clutches the pearls about the President breaking with “long-standing precedent.” This from the man that leads a caucus that broke with “long-standing precedent” to raise the debt ceiling, which resulted in the first downgrade ever of the full faith and credit of the United States.

    • January 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Breaking with the proud longstanding American tradition of minority rule?

    • 79 57andFemale
      January 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      The number of filibusters is ‘unprecedented’, John.

      The Bush Justice Dept. called such tactics sham pro forma sessions and not an impediment to recess appts.

      What Republicans are doing instead of allowing this president the right to staff the executive branch, is ‘unprecedented’, John. You unmitigated jackass.

  16. 80 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    GOP BLOCKING CFPB DIRECTOR HAS NO PRECEDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY

    Obama to give Cordray a recess appointment

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    But Republicans won’t allow that because they disapprove of the existence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency is already part of federal law, but GOP senators have said they will refuse to allow the agency to function or do any work unless Democrats agree to weaken the CFPB’s powers and lessen consumer protections.

    This has no precedent in American history. The Senate has simply never blocked a qualified nominee solely because a minority of the chamber does not like the existence of the agency the nominee was selected to lead.

    Republicans, in other words, have embraced a radical nullification strategy, as part of a larger effort to normalize extortion politics. In no uncertain terms, GOP leaders have said they’ll refuse to allow existing law to function until Democrats meet the Republicans’ demands and does Wall Street’s bidding. When the Senate minority is satisfied, they’ll consider allowing the law to proceed — if they feel like it.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/obama_to_give_cordray_a_recess034515.php

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      As desertflower is fond of saying, add this to that toxic mess! Here’s an excellent article which describes the origins of the filibuster, its original intent, subsequent abuse, and use as a means of obstructing progress.~

      Filibusters and Debate Curbs

      As early as 1841, a frustrated Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky threatened to try to change the debate rules when opponents tied up his banking bill with interminable talk. But the Senate finally adopted a formal means of ending a filibuster only in 1917, at the urging of President Woodrow Wilson. Infuriated by the failure of Congress to act on war measures, Mr. Wilson fumed. “A little group of willful men,” he declared, “representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.”

      ~snip~

      http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/f/filibusters_and_debate_curbs/index.html

      • January 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        Well, Wilson had a lot of limitations as a president, but he sure nailed that one. “A group of willful men representing no opinion but their own” pretty much sums up McConnell and Boehner and their minions.

    • 83 Pamela
      January 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Smartest thing she has done in over a year!

    • 84 Pamela
      January 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      “part of a larger effort to normalize extortion politics”….. This statement is perfectly executed… I hope it goes viral on Twitter

      • 85 Pamela
        January 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        Hmmmm… my reply seems to have entered in the very wrong place! It is to the article from the Washington Monthly posted above. Sorry.

  17. January 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    President Obama, flanked by Endia Eason and Richard Cordray, listens as William Eason speaks during a visit with the Eason family in Cleveland

    • 87 anniebella
      January 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Can you imagine the pride which probably fill these people heart. They look like they were around in them days when blacks were treated like dogs, worse than dogs, but now to have the President of the United States sitting in their home, the first black President. I love it. It touches my heart.

      • January 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        Ok, I know those chairs!! We had them when I was growing up, the same exact design and backing material!! Wow, that’s just freaky.

      • 89 Pamela
        January 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        Exactly what my heart said to me! I an honored for them, in many ways. Finally a true leader who knows the way of life most of us lead. We do our best, live honorably, give of what we have, help each other.

      • 90 Puddin'
        January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        All of these pictures make me tear up with joy and pride…I can tell now that these next ten months are going to require me to buy stock in KLEENEX :-) :-)

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Chips, still cleaning up folders and found this and thought of you.

      Subject: FW: What if there isn’t Anymore

      One day a woman’s husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t “anymore”.
      No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more “just one minute.”
      Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say “good-bye”, say “I love you.”

      So while we have it, it’s best we love it, care for it, fix it when it’s broken and heal it when it’s sick.
      This is true for marriage…..And old cars… And children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.

      Some things we keep — like a best friend who moved away or an in-law after divorce. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what.

      Life is important, like people we know who are special.. And so, we keep them close!

      I received this from someone who thought I was a ‘keeper’! Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way… Now it’s your turn to send this to all those people who are “keepers” in your life. Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know you love them?

      Let every one of your friends know you love them….Even if you think they don’t love you back…. And just in case I’m gone tomorrow:

      I LOVE YA!!!

      Live today because tomorrow is not promised

      • January 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        That’s just beautiful Yardarm, truer words were never spoken. I’ll take them to heart.

      • January 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        yardarm – I love ya back! Beautiful words, excuse the typos here I can’t see the screen through my tears. This post os a thing of beauty, it reminds me of my beautiful little baby boy we lost 13 years ago on Feb 13th 1999. Although I only know him a couple hours I held him and we told him how much we loved him as he left us. I made Joseph a promise that day that I would tell everyone I care about that I love them and try to treasure each day we have. I don’t always live up to that promise but this post reminds me to try harder.

        God bless you all.

        • January 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

          Thank you, Sam. What a heart breaking story. Sorry for the loss of your little one.

          • January 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

            Thank you Jackie, you are so kind. There isn’t a day goes by where we don’t miss him but we are stronger because of having him in our lives. My precious 11 year old is wise beyond his years and often talks of his brother even though they never met. We decided not to be sad or negative but to look on Joseph as a gift just as our living son is. It doesn’t take away the pain of his loss but his spirit lives on in all of us.

      • 96 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        January 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

        Beautiful! Keep them coming; I’m adding to my collection for reading at my annual family Christmas and 4th of July parties.

    • January 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      I can’t stop lookin’ at this picture.
      i love it, love it.
      Love it.

  18. January 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    From Tegan Goddard’s “Political Wire”:

    Maggie Haberman has a number of takeaways from last night, including one that could reshape the race if the cards fall just right for Rick Santorum.

    “Their methods won’t be the same. But at the end of the day, Perry and Gingrich are going to shore up Santorum as the conservative candidate. Perry, in a gracious and politically wise speech, told his supporters he is planning to ‘reassess’ whether he has a path forward. Few people usually make that statement and then decide to continue. That opens up a nice swath of prospective backers for Santorum in South Carolina… Gingrich claims to have raised over $9 million in the final fundraising quarter of this cycle, despite maintaining some debt. That should enable him to march on for a while and to make headlines as he slams Romney — essentially serving as a human battering ram for Santorum, regardless of whether that’s the intention.”

    Hell hath no fury like an adulterer scorned.

    • 99 criquet
      January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      What should also be considered is if FOX will start pushing for Santorum in a big way.
      Rupert Murdoch has endorsed him so …let’s watch how FOX treats him after this Iowa result.

  19. 100 24Sass
    January 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Eye candy.

    Have you seen the pics of PBO playing football on the beach in Hawaii?

    http://www.tmz.com/2012/01/04/president-barack-obama-football-hawaii/#.TwRiHiNrMdI

    Not sure how to post a pic here….sorry or I would.

  20. January 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Picture/article of Romney supporting Vietnam War and Draft even though he was exempt from the latter as a “minister of religion” by his church http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/exclusive-mitt-romney-student-protester

    • January 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      That photo brings back many memories of college days in the mid sixties when people like this were despised for their overdeveloped sense of privilege and self-righteousness. I would have hated Romney on sight in those days and I can’t say my attitude toward him has improved much.

    • 110 57andFemale
      January 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Vietnam was my generation (I’m 61). And there was nothing more loathsome than the warmongers who advocated to send everyone else to war and dodged the draft themselves.

      And for you youngsters who have grown up post Desert Storm, being in the National Guard was draft dodging in the 60’s and 70’s. There was ZERO chance you would see any combat.

      And for Mittens to evangelize in France as a means of dodging the draft, and then be willing to send everyone else, is despicable.

      Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney and now Mittens — you’ve got your nerve.

  21. 111 halo
    January 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    HUFFPUFF IS PISSED THAT PBO APPOINTING CORDRAY. THEY BURIED THE STORY

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      What’s amazing is that with all the negative press he gets, PBO is still polling in the mid to high 40s, and beats every GOPer wannabe. Just wait until he campaigns in earnest.

    • January 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Can’t say this enough–Huff Puff is run by Republicans. It sometimes tries to mask it’s ugly soul, but it is in no way, shape or form a site sympathetic to Democratic interests.

    • January 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      It was up front on the Politics tab before PBO’s speech.
      huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/04/richard-cordray-obama-recess-appointment-cfpb_n_1183225.html?ref=politics

  22. 115 LOL
    January 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Gallup 47-46 A/D…I need to stop being a poll whore—-especially in light of the utter clusterfucknation that happened yesterday.

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Except the polls for yesterday were pretty accurate, at least the late breaking ones. There was a major Santorum Surge, Romney couldn’t win over 75% of the caucus goers, and Paul ended up in third where he was predicted to end up.

      • 117 jeff
        January 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        actually Paul was predicted to end up either in first or second. Santorum was predicted to end up in third.

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      I need to stop too LOL …. but confession: I check Gallup every day.

      • 119 LOL
        January 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        I know :( 1 pm Eastern is my “special time”. It’s just so frustrating when you see the media hyperventilating on bad polls for the prez but barely mentioning the good ones. I watched bits and pieced of Morning Schmo—not once did he mention that the Prez damn near quintupled Bush jr’s Iowa 04 numbers. For President Obama to get less than 5K votes than the winner when he ran unimposed is a BFD.

        • January 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

          Do you go to Gallup at 12:58 and keep refreshing while crossing your fingers? Me too. :oops:

          • 121 LOL
            January 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

            I did before…but those morons have been slipping the last couple of months. These days it’s more like 1:01. And, WTF is up with the gallup director hawking some BS book on jobs? Tell me what the prez’s numbers are and kindly STFU. :) Starting tomorrow at 1:02 (obviously) I will stop checking. I’ll just get it from you :)

      • January 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        I don’t know how you stay sane, Chipsticks. Between the troll-blocking here, and poll-checking on Gallup – and your occasional forays onto RWNJ blogs to investigate the mood over there – you’re made of strong stuff! Thanks for all you do.

      • January 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        Me too Chips. I know I shouldn’t but I guess it has become habitual!!

  23. 125 defytheodds
    January 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    This was posted earlier, but it’s funny and so completely describes Willard and the GOP:

    How much of an utter disaster was Iowa for the GOP last night? Mitt Romney officially beat Rick Santorum by 8 votes. Eight. Votes. And that Romney lead magically appeared literally at the last moment as the results from one of the precincts were “found” at about 2 AM eastern time as Santorum was winning by a handful of votes.

    Yeah. The Republicans can’t even steal their own elections without looking like completely incompetent douchebags..

    • 126 LOL
      January 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      The Paul tards are in full tin foil mode. CONSPIRAZZZZZZZYYYY. Yeah, sooner or later the press will start wondering whether these people can be brought back in the fold. This is not some 6 month triathlon the Dems waged in 08 where it went back and forth like a tennis match….this was just the first vote. They better pray that Paul doesn’t go third party on their ass.

      • January 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        LOL, what are the Ronulans saying?

        • 128 LOL
          January 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

          Some of the craziest ish you will ever read…

          This is what the ring leader (Lee Rockwell) posted

          I’ve been following Iowa GOP vote counts for a long time… They are being slow-walked… in 2012. Negotiations are going on… Cash is changing hands. Apparently GOP chieftains are ‘persuading,’ by one means or the other, Perry and Bachmann people who hold considerable sway over large blocs of votes to switch to Romney and Santorum – leaving Ron in the dust… Also abusing suddenly lax ID registration may have created many fake votes for neocons Santorum and Romney. Santorum has no organization, never drew over 100 people during his entire campaign. Of course he did bribe and received the benediction of of that ‘family’ leader who demanded 1 million dollars that were to be distributed in part to cronies. This is the biggest fraud since Kennedy stole the West Virginia Primary. Perry had built a pretty organization and was around 13% of the vote. He drew far larger crowds than Santorum and ends up with just 10%. Did those votes go. Santorum? Santorum didn’t earn 24% of the vote.”

          One of the Paultards posted this

          Criminals always get overconfident in their success then get sloppy…that being said, the more the MSM attempts to block, lie, and defimate Ron Paul, the more people will be curious enough to find out why…these attempts will backfire…this is only the beginning of the year, we have until November…for 11 more months, the MSM must continue their plague to succeed and in that time more and more will become curious and question what it is about Ron Paul that is trying to be hidden…then the masses will be become more angry with the entire deception of our government and the MSM, and if for nothing else, Ron Paul will take the presidency out of pure spite of the people for being deceived…keep the faith within our masses, within ourselves…our instinct of intuition will always win out…

          I don’t want to linky cuz the Batshittiness of that place could possibly lead you into a seizure, but it was found on truther to the core Alex Jones’ website

          • January 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

            First off, “defimate”? Sounds rather nasty.

            Secondly, I get rather nervous when anyone starts talking about “the masses”. A bit too reminiscent of Nuremburg circa 1936.

          • 131 Lovepolitics2008
            January 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

            Lots of delusion in those comments. For example, If they read AL Giordano’s article this past week they woukd understand that Santorum’s good showing is mostly because of organizing.

            That being said, with republicans, we can’t dismiss the possibilitiy of corruption, back-room deals, etc. They know every dirty trick in the book…

          • 133 57andFemale
            January 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

            Or maybe not enough people voted for your candidate.

      • 134 57andFemale
        January 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        Been trying to get my brain around the young people who support Paul (and some of the nuts on the left).

        there is a huge difference between being against war because you advocate for peace and a peaceful world. All Ron Paul cares about is not being involved and not spending any money. He has no interest in establishing a better world, where conflicts are resolved peacefully. he doesn’t give a shit if the rest of the world blows up. Just so long as America isn’t involved or spending money on it.

        This ain’t no Eugene McCarthy or George McGovern — this is an isolationist nut in a very globally-connected world.

  24. January 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I turned on CNN thinking that they would be waitig for PBO to speak. Lo and behold the little small window has Romney’s town hall. I am watching on C-Span Tv.

  25. January 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Heads up everyone, the President is about to speak. If you have any trouble with the WH link try this:

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4

  26. January 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Good Morning TOD family. Such god news in the air. I am encouraged

    Manufacturing grows at fastest rate in 6 months

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/manufacturing-grows-at-fastest-rate-in.html

  27. January 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    If you live in a rural area or have friends and relatives who do, share this story with them.

    Bad economy? Farmers have one of best years ever

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/bad-economy-farmers-have-one-of-best.html

  28. 141 FiredUpInCA
    January 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Jon Huntsman on the Romney’s McCain endorsement: “Nobody cares.”

    “Nobody cares about this. I mean, none of the endorsements that Romney’s picked up have been effective in terms of how the people respond, because the people are looking for a new generation of leadership. They’re looking for a new approach to problem-solving in this country. And you can get all the Doles and all the McCains in the world — as Romney probably will. But in the end, nobody cares.”

    http://www.concordmonitor.com/blogentry/302066/huntsman-on-mccain-endorsing-romney-nobody-cares?SESS9852bdce0a6e563d33c7576134c660ab=google

    • 142 LOL
      January 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Is that his new slogan? He said the same thing about one of the Prez’s speech. Well, at least he is partially right. NO ONE CARES about Jon or John Huntsman :)

      • 143 utaustinliberal
        January 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

        BWAHAHAHA So true. Jon’s feelings must be hurt at the McCain sting! :lol: Oh the woes and gnashing of teeth of Mr 1% in the polls.

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Given it was said to be McCain who talked Huntsman into running, this endorsement has to sting Huntsman. Couldn’t McCain at least wait until after NH when Huntsman would very likely drop out?

    • 145 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      So sayeth Mr. 1%. :roll:

    • 146 Pamela
      January 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      I sure as he’ll do not give a rat’s ass who that demented old geezer endorses… And you guys know I try so hard never to say bad things about others, AND I work with the elderly and demented!

    • 148 AnitaW
      January 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      I think he’s right, but this really has to piss him off since supposedly a lot of his folks came from the McCain camp. And why would McCain make this endorsement since NH is almost over and Romney will probably win it anyway. Very weird.

  29. January 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Department of Energy doing good things

    DOE :: Funds Reasearch in Extreme Bacteria as a Clean Fuel Source

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/doe-funds-reasearch-in-extreme-bacteria.html

  30. January 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    The President just never gives up, so I have decided to make that my motto for 2012.

    With that said I have a story about the American Jobs Act … contrary to what the Republicans hope, this is an issue that does not need to die. We need to keep pushing for it.

    School Lunch Pioneer Says the American Jobs Act Will Help Him Make Great Hires

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/school-lunch-pioneer-says-american-jobs.html

  31. January 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Obama about to speak in Ohio. THANKS, President Obama, for appointing Mr. Cordray, badly needed. And as far as the Republican fools, I say BRING IT ON!! (Obama to the Rethugs: “You don’t want none of this!!”)

    My husband and I were discussing this earlier, and we agreed the President has had as much as he can stomach of the Republican obstructionists. Now he’s taking off the gloves and coming out swinging……HALLO! I have always been in the President’s corner (unlike some fair weather friends on the left…..oy) but of course it makes me smile whenever he body slams the Repugs. I mean, enough is enough. I have never seen a president more disrespected by the Rethugs than Obama, and he’s got more brains in his index finger than all of them put together (oh, please don’t get me started.)

    Yes. I am very happy about this. And so is my husband.

    And so is my daughter.

    And so is the cat!

    Okay…live coverage coming up on MSNBC.

  32. 152 tally
    January 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Two things:

    1. As many that feel like it, please go hand this douchebag his ass (he had the nerve to try to follow me on Twitter, and apparently had no idea what kind of hive he was pouring gasoline on:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Minorities-Against-Obama/209701092451595

    2. I made the LA GALALXY WEBSITE! Go here, and scroll down to the section on Mike Magee (read the brief info) then scroll down to the PHOTO. http://www.lagalaxy.com/news/2012/01/fans-favorite-galaxy-memories-2011

  33. 172 defytheodds
    January 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    “And you can get all the Doles and all the McCains in the world — as Romney probably will. But in the end, nobody cares.”

    That’s pretty good.

  34. 173 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    That is one very energized crowd!!!!

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

    • 174 LOL
      January 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Compare that to the lethargic funeral Mittens is having. I hope they have defibrillators over there. Alex Castellanos, the GOP Cuban guy on CNN, said yesterday that Mittens team may need to invent more old rich white people- cuz that’s the only group they won yesterday :)

  35. 176 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    So Dennis shows his face and the President gives him a pat on the head ….

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Dennis is hoping Obama will help him beat Kaptur. Dennis has a bigger chance getting re-abducted by aliens.

      • 178 tally
        January 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        Speaking of…… We need to get EVERYONE to stop focusing on the KlownKarKrazy race for their nominee, and concentrate on getting DEMS WHO WILL HAVE THE POTUS’ BACK ELECTED COME NOVEMBER.

        I feel like we’re all dropping a GIANT BALL right now.

        Ben Nelson is thankfully not running, but we’ve got to get SOMEONE ELSE TO RUN THERE.

        • January 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

          The last I heard, Bob Kerrey was thinking of running. He’d be excellent.

        • January 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

          You’re right, Tally. A lot of congressional and senate candidates are stepping up to the plate now and starting to make themselves known. Redistricting has confused a lot of people. Their old reps have been shifted away and they have no loyalty to the incumbents that have been assigned to their districts. That means that the situation on the ground is shifting and wide open for big changes. Part of our job is to make sure we get to know the ones who plan to run and support those who will help the president. We have our biggest impact on candidates when they’re just starting out. So reach out, learn and start working for the ones who will work for us, not against us.

  36. January 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    • 188 nospin
      January 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      now that was funny. hah!

    • 189 jeff
      January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      lol Barney Frank is great. I like him even though he has criticized Obama in the past but I think Barney does have a genuine liking towards Obama.

      • January 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        Barney Frank is one of those Dems who I don’t believe have an ulterior motive when it comes to what they say about the Pres Obama so he gets a pass from me – unless what he says is a flat out lie.

        I think he was the first Dem to say, out loud, that Pres. Obama was not responsible for the loss of the public option. Of course, it fell on deaf ears and never repeated throughout the liberal blogosphere but it had a little corner on HuffPo page.

  37. January 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    He looks so relaxed and confidant… so good to hear him instead of the crazies!

  38. January 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Could “We Can’t Wait” be the new “Yes We Can”?

  39. January 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Obama Openly Asks Nation Why On Earth He Would Want To Serve For Another Term
    JANUARY 4, 2012 | ISSUE 48•01
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    “My fellow Americans, I come to you today to ask, why?” Obama said to 1,200 people gathered inside a gymnasium at Taylor Allderdice High School. “Why can’t our congressional leaders work together to create jobs? Why can’t Wall Street ever be held accountable? And most important, why on God’s green earth would I voluntarily subject myself to this nonsense for another four years?”

    “I’m dead serious,” the president continued, saying that any reasonable person would have walked away the moment the Senate minority leader announced his main priority—above creating jobs and improving American health care—was to make Obama a one-term president. “I’m asking if anybody out there can come up with even one reason why I’d want to endure this unmitigated shit show for another minute, let alone through 2016. What’s in it for me, ex­actly? Can anyone answer that? Anyone at all?”

    After a long silence during which crowd members mostly just shuffled their feet and stared at the ground, Obama said, “Yeah, that’s what I thought.”
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/obama-openly-asks-nation-why-on-earth-he-would-wan,26933/

  40. January 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    dotster – I replied to you on the previous post about Twitter posting problems.

  41. January 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    From ThinkProgress. They just really don’t like Romney.

    SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES HUDDLE TO PREVENT ROMNEY VICTORY | Conservative leaders James Dobson, Don Wildmon, and Gary Bauer are meeting again in Texas next weekend to build “consensus” and possibly rally around a presidential candidate who is not Mitt Romney, Politico reports. “You and your spouse are cordially invited to a private meeting with national conservative leaders of faith at the ranch of Paul and Nancy Pressler near Brenham, Texas, with the purpose of attempting to unite and to come to a consensus on which Republican Presidential candidate or candidates to support, or which not to support,” read an invitation that is making its way into inboxes this morning. With Michele Bachmann now out of the race, social conservatives will have a choice of Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry (who finished a distant fifth in Iowa, but has pledged to take his campaign into South Carolina). Iowa Evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats — who endorsed Santorum before Christmas — has also urged some of the hopefuls to “reconsider” their candidacies to avoid splitting the social conservative vote. (HT: Right Wing Watch)

    • 204 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I soooooo love this. I was wondering where Ol’ Dobson was….I just knew they would have to contort themselves into pretzels in order to support Mormon Mitt. Looks like they’re not gonna go quietly. Delicious!

      Crusaders Unite! :lol:

      • 205 CTGirl
        January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        My bet is on Newt being appointed their poster candidate, afterall, Newt is a reformed cheater and a true conservative :-) BARF!

    • 206 Ladyhawke
      January 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      I keep thinking there won’t be enough popcorn to get us through the Republican Party primary. We are watching the implosion of the Republican Party. A self inflicted wound. They need to reset to zero and start all over again. What a mess.

  42. 210 dotster3
    January 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    msnbc decides we have to see McCain on the split screen endorsing Willard. McCain looks absolutely irate——face red—–what a juxtaposition with our confident, enthusiastic, positive president.

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      I don’t get what Romney gains out of the McCain endorsement. Just opens the door for folks to bring up the withering criticisms Romney and McCain launched at each other in 2008. I don’t think McCain appeals to the Paul voter or the Santorum voter in any way, McCain voter is basically already in the Romney camp.

      • 212 jacquelineoboomer
        January 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        Do you think it’s strictly so McCain can get back at Santorum for endorsing Romney last time? I think McCain only works off hatred and envy. Romney will take any endorsement from anybody at any time, without any thought – we know that.

      • January 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        He gets the media to cover him. That’s all!

      • 214 Ladyhawke
        January 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        John McCain appears to loathe Mitt Romney.

        An endorsement McCain didn’t want to make

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

        It’s worth keeping in mind, though, one minor detail: John McCain appears to loathe Mitt Romney. The senator has never liked Romney, and in the 2008 race, could barely contain his contempt for Romney.

        It fact, it was exactly four years ago tomorrow that McCain was so disgusted with Romney during a debate, Josh Marshall described it at the time as Romney “being slapped around up there like the dorky kid in the High School locker room.”

        Check out this video from early January 2008.

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

        http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/an_endorsement_mccain_didnt_wa034526.php

        • January 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

          Thank you, Ladyhawke! This is pure gold. The video that was embedded in the article catches Mitt in a lie, shows how he behaves when challenged, and at one point the panel breaks out into laughter when he claims he was “misquoted,” which set him up to be “slapped around up there like the dorky kid in the high school locker room” by John McCain.~

    • 216 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Although I cringed at first, that made it even better. They waited for the President to be totally done with his speech before opening up the McCain split screen … of course, I have it all muted now.

      None of that matters in the grand scheme. I literally got tears in my eyes hearing the passion in the President’s remarks. When he slightly slammed the podium at the end, then turned to the totally embarrassed (on public display) Cordray to shake his hand, did you notice that Cordray was fighting back the tears, too – he had to swallow hard.

      America the Beautiful in action! #PRESSON, Mr. President – we’re with you!

      Go home, McCain and Romney. We don’t need you. We’re good. Better than good!

      • January 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        I think the President was really touched by the older couple he met today, because he repeated the story of them being taken advantage of again after introducing them.

        • 218 jacquelineoboomer
          January 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm

          Yes. I always think of his mom, and grandmother and grandfather, when he’s discussing these people and their stories. You know they are at the heart of and the genesis for his compassion for others.

  43. January 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Without Saying His Name The 2012 GOP Field Promises A Return To Bush
    By Rmuse| January 4, 2012

    Candidates for political office usually rely on their party’s previous office holder as a reference to boast how they will govern should they win their contest. None of the Republican candidates for the nomination have singled out George W. Bush as their avatar of hope to return the country to, what is arguably, the darkest days of America, and indeed, they have avoided mentioning Bush like plague. However, each of the presidential hopefuls, at some point, promises to return to Bush-era policies that caused a worldwide economic meltdown and the similarities do not stop at financial malfeasance.

    Not only will Republicans take the country back to Bush-era economic and foreign policy disasters, they will go farther than Bush in increasing income inequality, killing jobs and job growth, and increasing the deficit and national debt with multi-trillion dollar tax cuts for the rich and corporations. In case any American doubts the lengths Republicans will go to return to Bush policies, they only need examine the GOP’s drive to repeal every legislative achievement President Obama presided over in two years. Indeed, the policies proposed by the candidates would not only embrace Bush’s failed economic agenda, they would take it to such extremes that the country would never recover.

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/en/gop-bush-2012

    • January 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      This is true. It’s a joke when Republican voters say they’re looking for someone who can address the economy and jobs, and then in the next breath, they advocate the very policies that killed the economy and erased millions of jobs, plus a bunch of social policies that are just offensive. They are more honest when they tout that their most important criteria is the candidate who can best “beat Obama”, because then they expose their racist core.

  44. 221 LOL
    January 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Leroy Mankini is on a war path

    Newt Gingrich still won’t congratulate Mitt Romney for winning the Iowa caucuses.

    At a news conference in Concord, N.H., Gingrich was asked by CBS correspondent Dean Reynolds why he congratulated Rick Santorum but not Romney.
    Gingrich stared at the reporter and raised his eyebrows in silence, eventually drawing laughter from some of the reporters.

    “Because I know you would be a man of great professionalism, I know that’s a rhetorical question. And a good one,” Gingrich said.

    • January 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      I am running out to stock up on popcorn now. I am loving this. Finally, Mittens will feel the wrath from someone. He has been an untouchable so far and he has been lying and flipfloping all over the place without any of his opponents criticizing him. Game on!!!!

      • 223 jacquelineoboomer
        January 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        Newt looked totally out of it last night, loaded for bear. He had taken his tie off, before speaking to his “troops” (fools), his face was red, we had to look at his bulbous neck exposed, Callista’s helmet hair was standing at attention. It was awful.

  45. January 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    This is a GREAT for all of us.

  46. January 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    But, but, CNN, Tweety and Andrea Mitchell said the President doesn’t relate to people and is sad. HA! They are a bunch of losers.

    And I love the way the President smacks the podium when he finishes.

    • 227 halo
      January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Of course they say that. Their entire networks spend more time breathlessly reporting about the guy who lost in a landslide last time.

  47. 228 dotster3
    January 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    OMG—-Halperin is saying that people in the crowd just GASPED when McCain walked out to endorse Romney—–that it was DRAMATIC! with inspiring MUSIC and EVERYTHING! NH just LOVES McCain, according to Halperin—McCain was SO FUNNY, telling all his old jokes, it was such a GREAT MOMENT!

  48. 238 OkeyO
    January 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    OH my God CNN the Republican news station have made their chioce Romney/loser Mcain over the President of the United States, I ask who is more news worthy? I can’t be \lieve the arrogance of this network I despise them.

    • 239 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Makes it even better that MSNBC (I was shocked) went with the President’s remarks over the pukes McCain and Romney.

  49. January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    So, CNN feels McCain and Romney is more important than the President.
    It’s all so obvious, the Republicans- are do afraid of the President, that they have to block any coverage that he may get.
    Hey CNN, we have heard Romney for the past year, with no interruptions.
    You guys are pathetic!

  50. 241 LOL
    January 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Why Bertha…whatz all them pigmented people doing reaching for the president’s hands? Tavis and Cornell and Politico tolds me they hatez Obama.

    And notice how in flipping Oosawatamie KS the reddest of red states the prez’s team had to deny people from getting in. People lining up at 2 AM, but packed house to the repubs is 150 people. Crazy.

  51. 243 tally
    January 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    At the top of Thom Hartman’s show this morning, he was saying that the GOP allowed only HAND WRITTEN PAPER ballots, that were HAND COUNTED last night, along with ZERO ID required, and people could REGISTER ON SITE…

    – NO E-VOTING ALLOWED
    – NO MACHINE COUNTING
    – NO IDs
    – SAME DAY REGISTRATION

    pretty much the EXACT OPPOSITE of what they want to require for DEMOCRATS.

    Thom’s show is available as a podcast – so you can go listen yourselves. It’s in the first 10 minutes.

  52. January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    It appears that PBO has a new Secret Service crew. They are pretty relentless. :)

  53. 249 LOL
    January 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Secret Service guy in the green tie must be new….

  54. 250 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I’m late to the TOD parade today, so I’m guessing Bachmann’s boring farewell speech has already been discussed. But I loved how she said looking up at the painting of the founding fathers that hangs in the Capitol building made her realize she was being called to save America … very reminiscent of Nixon’s talking to the portraits in the White House at night.

    Luckily, the country found out about Bachmann before she had a chance to go any further. She is horrendous. If she gets re-elected for another term in the House, I really won’t understand the minds of her constituents.

    • 251 tally
      January 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      I think they’re all certifiable now.

    • 252 LOL
      January 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      This commenter on POLITICO posted this.

      Ms. Bachmann, the American people heard what you had to say – Obama is destroying America, Obamacare is destroying America, Homos are destroying America, Muslims are destroying America, government is destroying America, poor people are destroying America, taxes are destroying America, America is destroying America, and everyone who isn’t an evangelical Christian is destroying America.

      That summed up her speech.

    • 254 Debz
      January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      I thought God called her to save America, now it’s the founding fathers?

    • 256 dotster3
      January 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I give up. I’ll just have to be satisfied that I’m good at other things, just not reposting tweets.

      • January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

        From the link, it looks like you’re not clicking on the time stamp of the tweet you want to post.

        • 258 dotster3
          January 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

          I try, but it just shrinks back into line, closes the tweet, does not respond with a url. Waving white flag.

          • 259 nospin
            January 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

            you can do it dotster3. Print the instructions that Chips posted earlier today and follow her guidance.

            You can’t give up. You are just getting started. :-) Try again. You can do it.

  55. 260 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    ELIZABETH WARREN SAYS TODAY IS A WIN FOR CONSUMERS

    President Obama’s speech today in Ohio recess appointing Richard Cordray as director of the CFPB is the best advertisement the organization could have hoped for. Just image the number of Americans who had no idea there was such an agency devoted to protecting consumers. Or that the Republican Party was blocking its implementation. The icing on the cake was getting an email from my hero Elizabeth Warren saying today is a win for consumers.

  56. January 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    The President set a trap for tge Republicans. If they or predatory lenders, bitch about this appointment, the people will see tge President sticking up for consumers. And he knows, they can’t help themselves!

    Checkmate!

  57. 264 Linda
    January 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    ‘Citizens United’ Backlash: Montana Supreme Court Upholds State’s Corporate Campaign Spending Ban

    WASHINGTON — The Montana Supreme Court has put itself on a collision course with the U.S. Supreme Court by upholding a century-old state law that bans corporate spending in state and local political campaigns.

    The law, which was passed by Montana voters in 1912 to combat Gilded Age corporate control over much of Montana’s government, states that a “corporation may not make … an expenditure in connection with a candidate or a political party that supports or opposes a candidate or a political party.”

    By a 5-2 vote this past Friday, the Montana Supreme Court declined to recognize the common understanding that Citizens United bars all laws limiting independent electoral spending. Instead, Chief Justice Mike McGrath, writing on behalf of the majority, called on the history surrounding the state law to show that corporate money, even if not directly contributed to a campaign, can give rise to corruption.

  58. 272 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    January 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS TO RICHARD CORDRY. HE IS A BUCKEYE. HE LOOKS GOOD IN THIS POST. KUDOS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA WITH HIS COURAGE AND FORSIGHT. THIS MAKES THE PREZ LOOK EVEN STRONGER AND MORE COMMITTED TO THE MIDDLE AND WORKING CLASSES OF OUR NATION. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012.

    That being said, looks like Mittens millions of PAC attack adds and slithering in the dead of the night mustered him up 8 winning votes. I can’t wait till this DISGRACE of a HUMAN BEING is eliminated in the GENERAL!! :mad:

  59. 273 nospin
    January 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Link to the video of the Presidential Remarks on the Economy visit –http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/PresidentialRemarksontheEconomy8

  60. January 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Americans unsure what health care reform means
    By Ashley Lopez| Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 5:48 am

    According to new polling, the majority of Americans do not have definite positions on a health care reform provision requiring everyone to have health insurance. The individual mandate, which is the main subject of Florida’s legal challenge to the law, is one of the measure’s more controversial sections. However, as Kaiser Health News reports, a new survey finds that the public is just as swayed by arguments supporting the health care mandate as they are by arguments criticizing it.

    ~snip~

    http://coloradoindependent.com/108860/americans-unsure-what-health-care-reform-means

  61. January 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    You all are so buzy, but great links!!

  62. January 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    President Obama’s reelection team is painting Mitt Romney’s win in Iowa as a loss, citing his small, eight-vote margin of victory over Rick Santorum.

    They argue the lack of decisive winner in Tuesday’s caucus means Obama is the real victor.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/202383-obama-team-paints-romneys-iowa-win-as-a-loss

  63. January 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    January 04, 2012 10:00 AM

    Why Obama & Co. liked what they saw in Iowa
    By Steve Benen

    When I wrapped up last night (technically, this morning), I said President Obama was the big winner from Iowa’s Republican caucuses. A few readers asked what I meant by that, so let’s flesh this out a bit.

    We know what the president and his re-election team didn’t want to see last night. The last thing Democrats wanted was a clear win for Mitt Romney, a united and enthusiastic Republican Party, and the likelihood of a short nominating contest.

    Then consider what Obama and his team ended up with: a muddled top tier, a divided party, underwhelming GOP turnout, and the likelihood of a longer nominating contest with several Republicans eager to attack the probable nominee.

    What’s more, Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky issued an interesting statement last night.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/why_obama_co_liked_what_they_s034514.php

    • January 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      In the comments, a couple of Occupy people tried to say that the Dems shouldn’t be so happy, because some of the people were there from Occupy, and they voted “uncommitted”. I loved this response in one of the comments:

      “Alli on January 04, 2012 12:23 PM:

      @Charlie Don’t Surf: You’re right, there wasn’t a 100% outpouring of support for POTUS, it was more like 98.46% of the state delegates.LOL….and if Occupy made a big stink I didn’t hear a peep about it. Nothing in my twitter time line about it and no posts on the blogs about it. Not even an after mention this morning.

      There is enthusiasm for the President. People are going to bust their ass to get him re-elected so don’t buy into media hype or leftie wishful thinking that Obama is in deep trouble. Huge mistake if you believe that.

      and I see a couple of people here give you guys Kudos and I’m also for voicing your concerns to party leadership but I read some of the things that were to be brought up by Occupy and some of it were lies (claiming he promised things he never did), some of it was a matter of you guys not paying attention to what the admin has already done and the rest just seems like you all got your head in the sand about what Pres.Obama is able to do. You want him to move left, give him a better Congress, specifically a better Senate where RINO’s like Manchin can’t kill or water down legislation.

      When Occupy and the Left start being honest about the real obstacles, they will start being heard and start getting shit done.”

  64. 280 Bill R.
    January 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Luv it! Luv it! Luv it! Luv this President!

  65. 281 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    CAN ROMNEY WITHSTAND THE WRATH OF NEWT GINGRICH?

    Gingrich still alive after Iowa, plotting revenge

    “We aren’t going to go out and run nasty ads,” Gingrich told supporters after it became clear he had won just 13 percent of the Iowa vote.

    “But I do reserve the right to tell the truth. And if the truth seems negative, that may be more a comment on (Romney’s) record than it is on politics,” he said, vowing to strike back by challenging Romney’s conservative credentials in the weeks ahead.
    .
    .
    Gingrich took out a full-page ad in Wednesday’s Union-Leader newspaper in New Hampshire comparing “Bold Reagan Conservative” Gingrich with “Timid Massachusetts moderate” Romney.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/04/us-usa-campaign-gingrich-idUSTRE8030CZ20120104

    • 282 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      *plotting revenge*

      Just the kind of guy we want as President. Uh … no thanks.

    • January 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      I agree with Gingrich saying if the truth seems negative, then it’s a reflection on Romney’s record. Romney’s been squealing like a stuck pig (is that the saying?) every time someone challenges him, but he expects everyone to be quiet and just take his lies lying down. Well, if Newt can make New Hampshire and S. Carolina a little more uncomfortable for Mitt, then I’m all for it. Romney is such a coward and a spoiled little brat – he’s never really had to work for anything. Even his mission work was spent in a luxurious mansion, eating bon bons.

    • 284 Linda
      January 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Ewww….. I bet Mitt is shaking in his $475.00 Ferragamo loafers.

  66. 285 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Pelosi Statement on President Obama’s Decision to Appoint Richard Cordray to Head the Consumer Financial Protection Agency

    http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2440

  67. January 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Sometimes we all just need to sit back and let teacher finish the lesson
    ___________________________________________________________

    Why Obama Chose To Appoint Cordray The Hard Way
    ___________________________________________________________

    By definition, a recess appointment expires at the end of the next full session of the Senate. If a nominee is recess appointed in the middle of a Senate session, he or she serves through the rest of that year, and through the next session.

    Yesterday, it turns out, the Senate made the switch from the first to the second session of the 112th Congress. Some advocates hoped Obama would use the brief seconds between those two sessions to make the appointment. Because previous Presidents had seized that opening to make numerous recess appointments, Obama could have avoided a procedural or legal fight with the GOP. The rub, though, is that Cordray’s appointment would have expired at the end of the year. The “next full session,” after all, would have began mere seconds after his appointment was official.

    By acting today, with session two of this Congress technically under way, Obama has given Cordray the rest of this session and the full next session of the Senate to run the bureau. Cordray could potentially serve through the end of 2013.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/the-hidden-benefit-of-obamas-hardball-consumer-watchdog-gambit.php?ref=fpb

    • 287 PurpleShoesLA
      January 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Yes! Someone needs to explain to Don Cheadle (again), THIS is what REAL “goin’ gangsta” looks like. Yes, I’m being petty, had to get it off my chest.

      Really great links today everyone. Can’t keep up! :-) Thanks for the information and motivation. Did anyone else get the “THIS IS NOT A JOKE” email from Messina today? OFA is asking its volunteers to find 5 more volunteers like you to join the campaign. Fired Up! Let’s get to work. :-)

    • 288 LOL
      January 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      AAAAhhh…I just posted this downthread….Sweet Baby Jesus this guy is flipping baaaad. What else do you expect from someone who goes to play “golf” and Bin Laden magically shows up dead.

  68. January 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

  69. 293 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    CHART SHOWING RECESS APPOINTMENTS

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

    President Obama Has Made Far Fewer Recess Appointments Than Any Recent President |

    Despite the inevitable conservative complaints that President Obama is engaged in some kind of massive overreach by recess appointing Richard Cordray as the nation’s chief consumer financial protection watchdog, the truth is that Obama has used his recess appointment power very sparingly.

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

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/04/397589/president-obama-has-made-far-fewer-recess-appointments-than-any-recent-president/

    • January 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      The right can kiss my grits. A review:

      Appointed Richard Cordray to the CFPB
      He brought the stock market up 5500 points from Bush’s dismal 6500.
      Gas prices are around 3 dollars in Alabama.
      Unemployme­­­nt is going down as we recover from the Bush recession.
      Brought our troops home from Iraq.
      Passed equal pay for women.
      Expanded eligibilit­­­y for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)
      Passed new benefits package for veterans.
      Passed new credit card bill of rights.
      Expanded loan programs for small businesses­­­.
      Made greater investment in advanced military air technology­­­.
      Created a real National Infrastruc­­­ture Protection Plan.
      Appointed White House Coordinato­­r for Nuclear Security.
      Granted Americans rights to visit family and send money to Cuba.
      Provided affordable­­, high-quali­­ty child-care­­.
      Rescued the American hostages from the pirates.
      Rebuilding schools in NOrleans
      Passed the new Start treaty.
      Invested in new alternativ­­e energy.
      Major investment in high speed rail.
      Saved GM and Chrysler.
      Saved the banks.
      Brought the stock market back from 6500
      Passed financial reform.
      Passed healthcare reform.
      Appointed first Hispanic Judge
      Repealed DADT

      and there is OBL

      He did ALL of this and MORE in the most hostile political environmen­­­t ever seen in Washington DC.

      Please keep failing Mr. President, I would rather have your failures than any republican so called success.

  70. January 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Deaniac can always be counted on to provide concise, thoughtful, and clear analyses on issues related to health care reform. This information, and more which can be found at The People’s View (TPV), will come in handy during the coming months. Thank you, Deaniac!~

    One Year Into Health Reform: Impact on Real Lives
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 3:07 PM

    Yesterday was the first anniversary of President Obama and a Democratic Congress achieving something other presidents and Congresses have been trying to for more than a half a century: finally enacting into law comprehensive health care reform. It all happened because of the dedication of a President, the tenacity of a Democratic Speaker of the House, the determination of a Democratic Senate leader, and of course, the fierce force and memory of the late liberal Lion Ted Kennedy. On the occasion of the anniversary, Vice President Biden released the following video:

    ~snip~

    Let’s review what has happened in a year since health reform became the law of the land. We know that most of the biggest reforms (exchanges, a full ban on pre-existing conditions discrimination on adults, affordability credits and the individual mandate) does not go into effect until 2014. But we also know that many reforms that have already gone into effect – such as the ban on pre-existing conditions exclusion against children, small business tax credits, Medicare drug rebates, strengthening state regulators, Medical Loss Ratio requirements and a ban against insurance companies dropping coverage when you get sick – are helping save and change lives.

    Read more: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/03/one-year-into-health-reform-impact-on.html

  71. 297 desertflower
    January 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Just peeking in at lunch…HOT DAMN! The Cordray appt was a great move! I could not be happier. They must be seething :) F them all. The people won today, and that’s all I care about!

  72. 300 auni
    January 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    To Sam UK Obama Supporter–God bless you and your sweet memories of your boy. A prayer for you today from a friend here in Washington State.

  73. 301 Brit
    January 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t think many people understand that Newt knows he will not win, he just wants to damage Mitt on his way out. Nasty and mean Newt will prolong this primary.

    • 302 57andFemale
      January 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      I think he wants to be Cheney to Santorum’s Bush. He sounded like he was running for V.P. today.

    • 303 Marsh
      January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      That is fine by me. I can’t stand Mitt Romney, the more Newt damages and exposes, the real MR, hopefully the more the American people will see, this man can’t become president.

  74. 305 LOL
    January 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    You guys have to read this on talkingpointsmemo

    Basically by not appointing Richard Cordray yesterday when the Senate was not in session, like many people thought, the Prez actually got an extra year for Cordray to serve- until 2013…..rather than 2012.

    “By definition, a recess appointment expires at the end of the next full session of the Senate. If a nominee is recess appointed in the middle of a Senate session, he or she serves through the rest of that year, and through the next session.

    Yesterday, it turns out, the Senate made the switch from the first to the second session of the 112th Congress. Some advocates hoped Obama would use the brief seconds between those two sessions to make the appointment. Because previous Presidents had seized that opening to make numerous recess appointments, Obama could have avoided a procedural or legal fight with the GOP. The rub, though, is that Cordray’s appointment would have expired at the end of the year. The “next full session,” after all, would have began mere seconds after his appointment was official.

    By acting today, with session two of this Congress technically under way, Obama has given Cordray the rest of this session and the full next session of the Senate to run the bureau. Cordray could potentially serve through the end of 2013.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/the-hidden-benefit-of-obamas-hardball-consumer-watchdog-gambit.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    Meep Meep Alert

    • 306 57andFemale
      January 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      has Obama opened himself to a more substantive challenge, however, by waiting? The administration appears to be on legal ground but challenges could be raised. After all, when did actual legalities matter to Republicans?

      • 307 LOL
        January 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        I don’t believe so. This was cleared by the lawyers. I think the problem with the GOP’s claim of unprecedent-ness is hogwash. No where in the Constitution does it explicitly say that no appointments can be made if the Senate is in pro forma session, or whatever nonsense McConnell calls it. The John Bolton appointment was controversial because even some Republicans did not support it. Also, this is to head an agency through a law congress PASSED. The Republicans, stewing in their pettiness, decided by not appointing an agency head they could de-fang the agency. And because the prez has appointed during recess before, they came up with this 30 second session garbage to “technically” keep the Senate in session- and therefore not let the president make any recess appointments because they were not in “recess” technically.

  75. 308 57andFemale
    January 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    This is hi-larious:

    Clueless on how to imbed an image and I really don’t have time to learn as I try to transfer everything from my creaky old computer to the new one.

    And may I say, the changes Micrcosoft Word are enormous! (I haven’t upgraded in a long time). I did not allow for this learning curve.

  76. 309 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU 101

    The White House Blog

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

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a central part of President Obama’s historic Wall Street Reforms. Their job is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products. Many people have expressed confusion about this agency, so we put together answers to some of the questions we’ve been asked.

    What is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

    Why do we need a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

    Why is it so important to regulate these so-called non-bank financial institutions?

    How can the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau protect me and my money?

    Resources to learn more or get help now

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

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/04/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-101-why-we-need-consumer-watchdog

  77. January 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    That ghastly Joan McCarter at Daily Kos actually posted a flattering picture of POTUS and suggested an email thank you to him on the Cordray appointment. And didn’t take credit for “pressuring” him. Stay indoors as pigs are flying.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/04/1051531/-GOP-leadership-outraged-by-Obamas-appointment-of-Richard-Cordray?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dailykos%2Findex+%28Daily+Kos%29

    • 311 FiredUpInCA
      January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      “Stay indoors as pigs are flying.”

      Everything about this post made me laugh but especially this.

    • January 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      I actually read the comments on this Dailykos diary – which I haven’t done for over a year. Nearly everyone is celebrating. The naysayers are concerned with the precedence this will set, when/if there’s a GOP President. I honestly don’t think Dems would ever completely block GOP candidates in this entirely obstructive way, and would likely allow any GOP candidate to get a vote and let democracy play out – I might be wrong. And if the electorate is so unconcerned that they don’t rise up if a really offensive candidate gets appointed this way, then the GOP will get away with it. If the Senate had allowed this nominee to be properly evaluated and then voted upon, they could have democratically confirmed or rejected him. In the absence of democracy, someone has to take charge.

  78. January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

  79. January 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    • January 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      I am willing to bet $10,000 (that I will have to borrow from Willard) that PA will go blue once again in 2012. Millions upon millions of dollars are spent each presidential cycle to turn PA red, but in the end, even if it’s at the last moment, the state goes blue. Plus the state literally crawls with OFA people, who pour in from New York, DC and Maryland in droves. Pa got its craziness out of its system in 2010. It won’t shoot itself in the foot again in 2012.

  80. January 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Helloooooooo – new photos from Ohio added to post ;-)

    • January 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I know, that one with the two year old is adorable!

    • 320 lovingandlaughing
      January 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Great, great pics! I adore the home setting where he met with the Eason family. Gosh, wish we could have listened in on that conversation. Can you image trying to get one’s house ready for a sit down with the President? Awesome toddler pic “fist bump” pic too. What a special moment for that little man!

  81. January 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    President Obama…always looking out for the little guy! :)

    New Obama Administration Rules Require Airlines To Disclose Full Ticket Prices Upfront
    By Marie Diamond on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Advertisements that make airfares seem enticingly low will soon lose that asterisk pointing to a dense paragraph of additional taxes and fees that make a cheap ticket much more costly. Beginning Jan. 24, the Transportation Department will enforce a rule requiring that any advertised price for air travel include all government taxes and fees. For the last 25 years, the department has allowed airlines and travel agencies to list government-imposed fees separately, resulting in a paragraph of fine print disclaimers about charges that can add 20 percent or more to a ticket’s price.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/04/397425/obama-airline-rules/

  82. January 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Oh man I hope this happens. Texas is in play. That would be such a HUGE paradigm shift if Texas went blue.

  83. January 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Breaking- more recess appointments-

    President Obama will recess-appoint his nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), bypassing a likely filibuster from Senate Republicans to keep the controversial agency operating in 2012.

    The president will use a recess appointment to install Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terence Flynn as members of the NLRB. Block and Griffin are Democrats, while Flynn is a Republican.

    The recess appointments are a huge victory for Obama’s union allies, which had urged the president to use any means necessary to keep the NLRB functioning. Without the recess appointments, the NLRB would have lacked the three-member quorum needed to issue rules and regulations. 

    http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/202407-obama-recess-appoints-his-nominees-to-controversial-labor-board

    Lol. Will the far left have his back?

  84. 324 LOL
    January 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    But Chip, I thought all of the hipsters are disillusioned with prez and decided to cast their vote to the coolest guy on the planet, Ron Paul.

  85. January 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    The day just gets better:

    Following on the news of an unprecedented recess appointment of Richard Cordray, President Obama announced today that he will also appoint Sharon Block, Terence Flynn and Richard Griffin to the National Labor Relations Board. The move is in defiance of the entire Senate Republican caucus, who urged the president in a December 19th letter not to bypass the traditional nomination process.

    • January 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      :O

      But but but everyone says he’s the caver-in-chief!!! Who can I put my faith in now??? :(

    • January 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      The Repugs are making a big deal out of these appointments, but Bush 1 and 2 used recess appointments for NLRB appointments.

    • 328 FiredUpInCA
      January 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Looking forward to the next White House press briefing to watch Ed Henry, Nora O’Donnell and Jake Tapper stooped over as they carry water for the GOP: “Are these appointment legal” “Is this bi-partisan” “Do you worry about the precedent this will set”

      Meanwhile I expect Jay Carney to say “Again I would remind you of the unprecedented nullification of the Republicans that forced the President’s hand. This is a President that will not take no for an answer while the middle class has nobody on the hill fighting for them.”

      • January 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        If future Senators properly do their jobs to evaluate and vote on nominees, then there will be no reason for any extraordinary recess appointments. Applies to Dems and Repubs. An active and informed electorate will help, too.

    • January 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      “Traditional nomination process” that they exploit to obstruct as much as they possibly can. There could be issue with the NLRB recess appointments because they never had the chance to go before the Senate – but I also have a feeling the Admin might have a potential defense in this given one of the current members (the remaining Republican) was encouraged to re-sign by members of congress to block quorum for their last set of decisions – I suspect the Administration has proof of this.

  86. January 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Love this – David Axelrod’s new name for Romney: “The 25 Percent Man”

    :lol:

    • 332 LOL
      January 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Taking two positions on every issue, one on the very left and one on the far right, doesn’t make you a centrist. It makes you a charlatan. David Axelrod, A.k.A Axe…..MAJOR BURN

    • 333 utaustinliberal
      January 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      That was one of the surprising facts of the Iowa caucus Chips. Romney basically got the same percentage points as he did in 2008: 25%. That appears to be his ceiling and that’s not a good thing because he’s been campaigning for six or seven years and should have moved way up in votes by now. When the votes are broken down, Paul was actually the one who brought more voters to the caucus. Romney is at a standstill. PBO wasn’t officially caucusing and he drew in 25,000 Democratic caucus goers. 25,000! Romney won the GOP caucus with 30,015 votes. That; more than anything should tell him that Iowa is most definitely not falling into GOP hands. When PBO goes into full campaign mode, everything will turn on a dime. Cannot wait! The Ohio speech was just a preview. Combine the atrength of PBO as a campaigner and his masterful organized ground game and political machine and Romney is in for one hell of a rollercoaster ride that will not end well for him. Cannot wait for Newt and others in the field to bloody him up. Get out the popcorn folks! :lol:

  87. January 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Report Says ALEC Wields ‘Disturbing Level of Influence’ In Virginia
    Nick R. Martin| January 4, 2012, 2:18 PM

    The Virginia General Assembly introduced at least 50 bills since 2007 that appear to be near carbon copies of legislation first imagined by the American Legislative Exchange Council, more widely known as ALEC, the report found. ProgressVA’s executive director Anna Scholl said her state is particularly vulnerable to the influence of a group like ALEC because the general assembly only meets for a short time each year. Legislative sessions last only 45 or 60 days a year, depending on whether a budget is in the works. “There’s not an extensive amount of time for research,” Scholl told TPM.

    “One of the reasons that ALEC has been able to build so much influence here is that it’s an easy resource for legislators.”The legislation, she said, is “just handed to them.” Another reason, she said, is because the state’s Speaker of the House, Bill Howell, serves on ALEC’s board and was once its national chairman. Howell did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither did a spokeswoman for the group.

    Read more: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/report_says_alec_wields_disturbing_level_of_influence_in_virginia.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  88. 335 LOL
    January 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Thank God there are still some credible journos out there. Ron Fournier of National Journal reported that he saw “no warmth” with McCain and Mittens- strictly business, barely 400 people,

    “the crowd was about half the size of what would be typically expected on the heels of an Iowa victory, six days away from the next ballot”

    One man asked about the growing gap between rich and poor in America. Romney essentially said that it could be worse, and challenged the crowd to name a country where the average income is higher than in the United States. Some members of the crowd shook their head in disagreement. One heckled him.

    McCain told a few old jokes and gave Romney an endorsement that lacked both passion and specifics. He urged the crowd to make New Hampshire the state that “catapults (Romney) to victory in a very short period of time.”

    http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2012/01/romneymccain.php

  89. 337 PurpleShoesLA
    January 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    In addition to “shit just got real” may I also offer up this from another wonderful philosopher? BOOYAH!!! Thanks for the updated photos Chips demonstrating once again how the Prez just can’t seem to connect with ANYONE, even toddlers. :lol:

  90. 338 Don
    January 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    President Obama’s actions remind me of the scene in “The Godfather: Part II” when Michael orders the deaths of the heads of the five families.

  91. January 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Political Animal – Obama starts 2012 on an aggressive foot

    President Obama raised quite a few eyebrows this morning when the White House announced a recess appointment for Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It was an unusual display — congressional Republicans abused the rules and told the president to just accept it, and Obama effectively responded, “No.”

    As it turns out, this more combative attitude goes beyond the CFPB. Greg Sargent has this scoop this afternoon.

    Obama is also set to use recess appointments to install his picks to the National Labor Relations Board, according to White House officials and others familiar with ongoing discussions.

    Full post here: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/obama_starts_2012_on_an_aggres034527.php via @stevebenen

  92. 341 LOL
    January 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Over to you Dick Halperin

    Longtime Boston Globe reporter Glen Johnson tweeted shortly thereafter: “Covered John McCain since 2000… never seen such a lackluster performance or reaction to him…”

  93. 342 LOL
    January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Donald loves the Blacks…Mittens loves the Asians…

    Making matters worse, the woman, an immigrant from China, also criticized Romney for his harsh tone on China, prompting Romney to make the awkward declaration: “I hope I didn’t put any Asians down. I love people from other lands. I love legal immigration.”

  94. 344 nabsentia23
    January 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    The only thing that I can say about the Richard Cordray recess appointment:

    Obama is a freakin’ genius! The man’s timing is perfect! Ha!

  95. January 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Ok! The President just touched down at Air Force HQ, joint base Andrews!

  96. 346 Fred
    January 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    just a quick hello to my TOD family.God bless you all and potus.

    Mom had her first rehab session yesterday afternoon and it was rough but I am soooooooo relieved and happy despite the pain.She needs that rehab no matter what.

    Potus played the appointment of Cordray brilliantly in my opinion and knowing how predictable Romney is;he’ll be all over tv bashing potus ( I made sure to stick to Tennis Channel ALL day yesterday and today and will probably do the same until tomorrow when I can watch some tv to avoid an uptick in my blood pressure).

    Romney will stupidly go against Cordray and potus taking measures to protect the American people against wallstreet; the Insurance industry and potus will with facts remind voters in due time with what I hope will be brutal ads every day ALL day in ALL 50 states that Romney’s WallStreet boy toy that has been bought and sold and accidentally tie himself to the greedy 1 % which he is.

    just a reminder:

    VIDEO: Romney Tells State With Country’s Highest Foreclosure Rate ‘Don’t Try And Stop The Foreclosure Process’

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/10/18/346975/romney-dont-stop-foreclosures/

    and

    VIDEO:Romney Defends ‘Wall Street’ And ‘Insurance Company Executives’ From Obama’s Criticism

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/20/393185/romney-defends-wall-street-and-insurance-company-executives-from-obamas-criticism/

    P.S: I am grateful to you Chip for this site as I can come here and rejuvenate from the hell these loons

    until next time take good care everyone;stay safe and warm;
    Fred ;)

  97. January 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    the new pics from ohio are fabulous.

  98. 349 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    THE CURRENT DYSFUNCTIONAL CONGRESS HAS FAILED AMERICA

    Obama Uses CFPB Recess Appointment To Hammer The GOP

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    The recess appointment itself is meaningful because it is more proof that Obama is done playing games with this Congress. The president also managed to turn a recess appointment into an illustration of how the current dysfunctional Congress has failed America.

    Without a bit of irony, Speaker of the House John Boehner reacted to the recess appointment with a statement accusing Obama of a power grab. Boehner said, “This is an extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab by President Obama that defies centuries of practice and the legal advice of his own Justice Department. The precedent that would be set by this cavalier action would have a devastating effect on the checks and balances that are enshrined in our Constitution.”

    Boehner also admitted that the appointment was blocked because House Republicans don’t believe there should be an agency for consumer financial protection, “This position had not been filled for one reason: The agency it heads is bad for jobs and bad for the economy. It’s clear the president would rather trample our system of separation of powers than work with Republicans to move the country forward. This action goes beyond the president’s authority, and I expect the courts will find the appointment to be illegitimate.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-richard-cordray


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