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12

evening all (updated, a whole bunch of times)

Yesterday in Ohio

President Barack Obama greets neighbors outside the home of William and Endia Eason in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 4, 2012

(Despite having the latest version, I can’t see these Videopress videos with Firefox any more, but I can with Safari. What’s up with Firefox?!)

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NYT: For the first time in many years, manufacturing stands out as an area of strength in the American economy.

When the Labor Department reports December employment numbers on Friday, it is expected that manufacturing companies will have added jobs in two consecutive years. Until last year, there had not been a single year when manufacturing employment rose since 1997.

More here

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Thanks John McCain!!

Thanks Loriah

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David Rothkopf (Foreign Policy): …. the Obama track record on many fronts is much better than the administration gives itself credit for. They could be doing much, much more to tout what is an impressive litany of successes.

While the list of those successes is long and compelling-defeating Bin Laden, getting out of Iraq, helping to oust Qaddafi, restoring our reputation internationally, resetting our international priorities to better coincide with our long term interests (the “pivot” to a focus on Asia), producing meaningful healthcare reform, producing significant financial services reforms, stopping the downward spiral in the economy and laying the foundations of recovery, etc. – let me focus on three areas that deserve much more attention and appreciation ….. ** See article **

…. the president is actually doing remarkably well in the world’s toughest job right now, and he is and has been doing so under truly extraordinarily adverse circumstances. This is one of those circumstances in which the substance is better than the PR – and it’s time for the White House’s political and communications brain trust to get out a clean sheet of paper and begin to make new and better plans for claiming the credit the Obama team deserves.

Full article here

Thanks cat48

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Friday:

11:40: PBO delivers brief remarks at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

12:15: PBO has lunch with winners of a campaign contest.

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The Hill

Thanks Liberal Librarian

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Thanks Meta

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Jonathan Cohn: Should President Obama use the recess appointment power when Republicans in Congress refuse even to consider his nominees? You better believe it.

Not only are Republicans blocking Obama’s nominations at a record rate. They are doing so in order to impose their own ideological agenda and, in some cases, to undermine duly passed laws they don’t like but can’t repeal.

That’s a modern-day form of nullification … Obama would be derelict in his duties if he did not use every inch of executive branch authority to overcome it.

…. based on a series of conversations today, I think Obama was within his rights after all.

Full post here

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TPM: Mitt Romney’s tax plan is more complex than those of his current and erstwhile primary competitors. But in broad effect it accomplishes the conservative goal of dramatically lowering taxes on the wealthy at the expense of the lower and middle classes.

Full post here

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Thanks Hopefruit

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Thanks nintendowii10

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You can buy this screenprint at the OFA store – here

Thanks GoBrooklyn

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287 Responses to “evening all (updated, a whole bunch of times)”


  1. 1 rikyrah
    January 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Good Evening, Chips :)

  2. 2 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Looking forward to PBO greeting the Consumer Bureau staff tomorrow. Woot! :mrgreen:

    • 3 Ladyhawke
      January 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Absolutely brilliant move. After watching Director Richard Cordray today, I can’t wait to see this tomorrow. Another flawless roll out of an important initiative.

  3. 5 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Great jobs news — why do these job creators hate America? Don’t they know they’re not supposed to hire while PBO is President?!?!?

  4. January 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm
  5. 7 rikyrah
    January 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Chips,

    just wanted to thank you again for TOD. I come here several times a day to find the good news. I smiled at POTUS’ visit with the Easons, because they remind me of so many elders who didn’t live long enough to see Barack Obama be elected President. Mr. and Mrs. Eason easily could be some of the church elders from my life- good people who didn’t deserve to be preyed upon by those vultures.

  6. 10 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I have to say, I have been LMAO about Santorum’s lame excuse about saying that be never said Black People…but Blah people. Seriously? This is what Angry Blah Lady had to say about this:

    So we’ve got Newt telling blahs to get a job, and Frothman lying about whether he made comments about blah people being on welfare, and all of it makes me feel pretty BLARGH. I mean, come on! It’s far too early for this kind of dumbassery! Pace yourselves, people. Don’t let all the stupid out before you hit the primary.

    And by the way, where do these mythical blah people come from? Blahfrica? The Blah Sea? And does that make me Angry Blah Lady now? Suddenly I’m filled with crushing ennui.

    The stupid…it burns!

  7. January 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Guess not but I tried.

  8. 17 ML
    January 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I read somewhere that the specific length of the recess needed is not spelled out in the law and I think there was a court case and the courst specifically did not define the length of recess needed. Plus by waiting until after the second session started, Mr. Cordray will be able to stay on another year. Sorry, I’m not sure where I read it so I can’t post a link.

  9. 21 anniebella
    January 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Florida poll, says nearly half says Republicans sabotaged the economy to hurt Obama, just half. It should be 99.9%. When Mitch McConnell says that his main goal was to make Obama a one term President, that said it all right there.

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      January 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Oh, it’s 99.9 – but only 50 percent will admit to it. The others are in denial, or they like it that way.

    • 23 ChristiMTL
      January 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      If they only watch Fox and listen to RW radio….it’s understandable….but half is not bad!

      • 24 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        January 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        actually its darn good. Florida is a puple state and represents the diversity of America and the election season is just about to ramp up. Those numbers will rise as more truths come out. If the Rethugs fight these nominations they will be casting themselves in a much more negative light as far as the general public is concerned. PBO is on the winning side of most domestic issues important to the American people. We just have work through the wave of hate and racism to get him re-elected. I am confident that will happen. :grin:

  10. 25 Tracy
    January 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Still fired up and ready to go! When the steady growth/recovery of the economy I think of the tortoise and the hare: the tortoise won the race. President Obama is the exemplar of the I Ching wisdom that perseverance furthers!

  11. 27 hopefruit2
    January 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm
  12. January 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Oh, what a great video. He really is the sweetest man.

  13. 30 LadyTNT
    January 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I think in the next 5 years I am going to have to pop a baby out just so I can get PBO to hold and kiss him/her. My Mama can’t get me to have kids but President Obama can, lmao. Just playing!!

  14. 47 ChristiMTL
    January 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    If it’s not the cutest baby ever! Oh my, he’s adorable……

  15. January 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Hello Ms. Chips,
    I love the president with the babies and that adorable couple thank you so much for the updates, pics, videos and just all the pleasantness …Take care

  16. January 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    President Obama is going to pound the CFPB in this election all the way to victory. The more the GOP fight him on this, the better for us. WOOT!!!!

    • 50 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      January 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Of course. It ties in directly with him championing for the middle and working classes. It goes right along with the AJA and tax hikes for the rich, unemployment insurance.

  17. January 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Any information from Obama campaign or others on Q4 fund raising ?

    • 60 dotster3
      January 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Ha—-Bo’s New Year’s Resolution: “a better work/life balance”, as he was sprawled out on the lawn playing with a ball. And—Jon Bon Jovi was in the house!

      • January 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        I can’t stand Bon Jovi’s music (sorry) but now I like the man a little more :)

        • 62 Mel
          January 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm

          Please Bon Jovi is a good gay, he is a Democrat, I well come his support for the president, and
          yes I welcome President Clinton Help to president Obama!!!

          • 63 AnitaW
            January 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

            I’m sorry did you mean good guy or good gay? Either way yes Bon Jovi’s is an excellent activist.

          • 64 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
            January 6, 2012 at 12:02 am

            Mel, I loved President Clinton while he was in office. But my opinion of him changed during the 2008 primaries. He has done nothing to regain my trust after his racial diatribes during that contest. There is a reason why he is nicknamed “Slick Willy”. I don’t believe he has PBO’s best interest at heart. Its all about Bill. Narcicist to the MAX.

        • 65 desertflower
          January 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm

          http://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/ OMC….I hope you read this. You may not like his music, but you must certainly be able to appreciate what a fine, caring, engaged man he is. This was his and his wife’s brainchild….a great lesson of care and giving for all of us to emulate. Bravo to both of them!

        • 66 Tracy
          January 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

          He was good in the We Are One concert.

      • 67 HZ
        January 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        Love it, Chips. Our First Dog is looking great. What a lovely gift to our First Family. Everytime I see Bo, I think of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Smiles to our hearts. Miss him so.HZ

  18. January 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    As the saying goes, the worm has turned. That Florida poll is very intriguing. Remeber thsi si a purple state, and to have 50% say that and we really aren’t into th elction season yet, is very telling. In fact, although this is a meme the Dems may want to see spread, they are going at it in a very smart way. They are really just edging up to the line of making the accusation, saying things like”You have it wonder if…” and”It almosts seems as if…” and actually letting people draw their own conclusions. And it is obvious what conclusions are being drawn.

    And if you think the President is putting on th pressure now, jut wait until the weather heats up. You ain’t seen nothing yet. I am confident he wins, baring an absolut disaster with the economy. Evn if it stays right where it is, he doesn’t lose. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complacent and we all have work to do, but I am confident.

  19. January 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    #CLT is Charlotte, right?

  20. 71 rikyrah
    January 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    January 05, 2012 4:30 PM
    Cordray gets to work
    By Steve Benen

    Now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a director, it can get to work on some long-overdue priorities. For America’s middle class, that’s terrific news.


    The new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday outlined a vigorous oversight and enforcement agenda, saying that companies that take unfair advantage of consumers of financial products will face “real consequences.”

    The director, Richard Cordray, who was appointed to the post Wednesday by President Obama, encouraged consumers to contact the agency with their stories and complaints about banks, payday lenders and other financial institutions that they feel have sold deceptive products or engaged in abusive behavior.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/cordray_gets_to_work034550.php

  21. January 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Jon Huntsman was endorsed for president by The Boston Globe on Thursday.

    The endorsement comes just five days before the New Hampshire caucus and is a well-received coup for a campaign that’s struggled to win endorsements and backings of major national or regional newspapers or political icons.

    But perhaps the bigger news is that the Boston paper opted not to support Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and the Republican primary race’s front-runner.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/202673-romneys-hometown-paper-endorses-huntsman

    Ooops!

    • January 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      And the endorsement will only hurt Romney in that he and Huntsman are after the same voters – Folks who are leaning or voting for Santorum, Gingrich, Perry or Paul will not have Huntsman as their second choice. But I have to imagine most Romney voters would see Huntsman as their second choice.

      • 74 Lovepolitics2008
        January 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        On the other hand, Huntsman’s numbers have gone DOWN in the last poll. Probably people are realizing that Huntsman doesn’t have any chance.

        I hope Huntsman gets out after NH. I’ll leave it at that.

    • 75 AnitaW
      January 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Why is the Boston Globe endorsement a big deal for the NH primary?

      • 76 61andfemale57andFemale
        January 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        NH relies on Boston for many things and the Boston newspapers and media markets overlap significantly with NH.

        • 77 57andFemale
          January 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

          God! I still have to fix this screwed up login? Let’s try this again. I’m breaking rules by not sticking with the correct name. I don’t want to be a naughty girl (at least in this regard).

      • 78 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        January 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        Boston is the capitol of New England.

    • 79 61andfemale57andFemale
      January 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Correction: endorsed for the Republican nomination, not President. I believe I’m correct in this.

    • January 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Hilarious. Freudian slip …

    • January 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      As they say: You can’t make this sh*t up. Hilarous! :lol:

    • 85 24Sass
      January 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I’ve watched this 4 times and am still LMAO. Best thing Romney ever got….that endorsement from Gramps!!

    • 86 LOL
      January 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      :X Dead :X Good ol John

      • January 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

        To be honest, I almost feel sorry for John McCain. I’ve always been taught to respect the elderly, especially when they’re at that age where they start losing it. But I just can’t feel sorry for him. He’s too much of a lying, flipflopping, hypocrite — just like Mitt. :roll:

    • January 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      YA GOTTA LOVE GRAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 91 lovingandlaughing
      January 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      So funny! I’d say McCain was actually speaking from his heart and brain there for a second until it was pointed out to him what he had said. Man, things aren’t looking so good for Romney these days and this McCain endorsement only seems to be making it worse. :)

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      I love the panic Romney and that woman go into when they realize what’s happening. It’s like, WHAAA, WAIT.

    • 93 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      January 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Frankly I don’t believe this McShame comment was a mistake. He genuinly does not like Romney. He is doing a Good Ole Boy, Old Guard endorsement tour for the Republican establishment. The Rethugs really do not have a quality candidate and this is what they have been reduced to.

      • January 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

        Spot on Keith. Any of the reports I read today on the Romney/McCain appearance yesterday described it as excruciatingly awkward and, at times, embarrassing. McCain absolutely loathes Romney….

        …. but this is what the GOP is reduced to, their ‘elders’ endorsing a guy they can’t abide. The hilarious part of it all is that the Romney people thought it was a good thing to have McCain’s endorsement, despite the fact that there are SO many videos out there of McCain skewering Romney. They’re just making it too easy for the Obama/Biden 2012 ad makers!

    • 98 Pamela
      January 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      His caregiver must have slipped up on the meds again, tho some of these old codgers are very non-compliant!

      • 99 Pamela
        January 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        But I liked the way they were all nodding and saying Yeah Yeah Yeah, until it dawned on them, like meta said, and they started to wet themselves wondering how to shut him up! Slid downhill fast after that! Hee!

  22. 100 rikyrah
    January 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    The top reasons Wall Street and Republicans are scared of Richard Cordray
    By Linette Lopez

    After months of pushback from Republicans in Congress, President Obama has finally decided to go over their heads and appoint former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without them.

    …………………….
    We’ve written a lot about him at Business Insider. Partly because, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on, there’s no denying he’s incredibly impressive. Cordray is an undefeated, five-time Jeopardy! champion (he won $45,303), has a masters in economics from Oxford University, and was also editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review.

    ………………………………
    So what’s the problem with Cordray? There are two, one is an old Washington problem, and the other is purely Wall Street’s:

    1.Republicans said they would never support anyone to head the CFPB — Period —that is, unless the White House made serious changes to the agency. (Politico)
    2.He doesn’t just go after Wall Street Institutions. He goes after individual executives as well.
    Let’s expand on point 2 with some more examples of how Cordray fought Wall Street as Ohio AG:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/05/the-top-reason-wall-street-and-republicans-are-scared-of-richard-cordray/#.TwXmy7aUvfk.wordpress

    • 101 CTGirl
      January 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Here we go! Here we go! :-)

    • 102 dotster3
      January 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Cordray’s resume’ is one of the more impressive I’ve ever read—–he was valedictorian and Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude everywhere, Oh. treasurer and AG, law clerk for Sup. Ct. Justice Kennedy etc. etc. in addition to the Oxford U. and U. of Chgo Law honors mentioned above. The Repubs know he’s qualified. They just are not fond of the existence of the agency he will head. For some strange reason. Too bad, so sad.

      • January 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm

        Impeccable credentials for the post. Something Elizabeth Warren didn’t have coming from academia. GOP could have blocked her based on lack of organizational and executive experience and arguably would have had a case in doing so. With Cordray they couldn’t even pretend he wasn’t qualified, so just admitted they were blocking him as hostage taking to try and force change of the legislation governing the CFPB.

      • 104 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        January 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        For some strange reason? LMAO. Cmon dolster. The Rethugs are in the hip pockets for the people that this agency will be regulating. Of course they will be against it. Where do you believe a large portion of their lobbyist come from? The major financial institutions of this nation. No rocket science needed. Decades of abuse is about to get CHECKED!! :cool:

  23. January 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    One day after President Obama appointed Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over the objections of Senate Republicans, the bureau announced the launch of a new “nonbank supervision program.”

    What’s a “nonbank”? That’s the CFPB’s term for a lender that doesn’t have a bank, thrift, or credit union charter. Mortgage lenders, payday loan operations, debt collectors, and consumer reporting agencies are all considered “nonbanks.”

    Millions of Americans deal with nonbanks regularly: Some 20 million consumers utilize payday loan services, while 2 million new mortgages were originated with nonbank lenders in 2010, and 14% of consumers have debt collectors after them.

    http://moneyland.time.com/2012/01/05/cfpbs-first-move-with-a-director-in-place-confront-nonbanks/

  24. 106 rikyrah
    January 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    January 05, 2012 3:25 PM

    The GOP’s ‘problems with the Hispanics’

    By Steve Benen

    John McCain talked to Chuck Todd this morning, and acknowledged his party’s “problems” with a certain constituency. (via Jenee Desmond-Harris)

    For those who can’t watch clips online, Todd asked the Republican senator if the state of Arizona is “in play” in 2012. After a lengthy pause, there was this exchange:


    McCain: I think that if not this election cycle, the demographics are that Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, even Texas will all be in play.

    Todd: And if Republicans don’t fix the problem?

    McCain: Yes, yes. We have to fix our problems with the Hispanics.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/the_gops_problems_with_the_his034549.php

    • January 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      The GOP’s plan to “fix their problem with Hispanics” is to nominate Jeb Bush in 2016. Also as bad as they are, they seem to be electing more Latino/Latina politicians than Dems are. In 2010 Brian Sandoval was elected Gov of Nevada and Susana Martinez was elected Gov of New Mexico. Also Marco Rubio was elected to the Senate in Florida. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any fast rising Latino politicians in the Dem party other than Julian Castro and he’s in a tough state for Dems as mayor of San Antonio right now.

      • January 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        They were more probably elected by their base more for their rw cred than for their ethnicity.

      • 109 JoJothecat
        January 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        I hope our Hispanic brothers and sisters vote their pocket book and not against their own best interest. I can’t expect them to do anything difference than any other group has done, but lets hope they do.

      • 110 Lovepolitics2008
        January 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        StR, you still believe the GOP is giving up the WH for 2012 ? I’m not so sure. The Bush gang can still control things if they put Romney in the WH. The man doesn’t have the character nor the knowledge to do the job and would be a puppet. He doesn’t begin to understand how difficult the presidency really is, I’m sure of this. The only qualifications he has is he knows how to make business deals. His understanding of national and global economics is probably not very impressive. And he’s totally clueless when it comes to foreign policy.

        Is it possible that the GOP plans for 8 years of Romney and THEN push Jeb for 2020? He wouldn’t be that old…

      • January 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        Julian Castro is just getting started. He’s young but he’s been in the spotlight for years. I think he’s shooting for Governor one day. His twin may also be another rising star.

  25. January 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Ari Fleischer and bill Burton go head to head every night on CNN.
    Ari has a very sharp toungue, but Burton holds his own. It seems, bill Burton is all alone in CNN, a very lonely island!

  26. 116 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    In all the excitement of the last couple days…did anyone see this?

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/05/398712/scott-walker-investigation-arrest/

    Today, police arrested former county employees Kevin Kavanaugh, who was appointed by Walker, and Tim Russell, who served on Walker’s gubernatorial campaign. The AP reports:
    Former county housing director Tim Russell, 48, was charged with two felony and one misdemeanor embezzlement charges, according to the criminal complaint from the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office.
    Kevin Kavanaugh, Walker’s appointee to the Milwaukee County Veteran Service Commission, was charged with one felony embezzlement charge of taking more than $10,000 from a business and four felony counts of fraudulent writings by a corporate officer.
    Russell and Kavanaugh each face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the most serious felony embezzlement charge.

  27. January 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Hi everyone, can you see this video?? I can, but YouTube tells me it’s blocked because I very naughtily took it from a news channel – puzzled!

  28. 138 nintendowii10
    January 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    This just popped up Chips

  29. January 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I am laughing my head off. Say it again, Sen. McCain. Go home and sit down in one of those nine or whatever houses you have. This is good stuff.HZ

    • 143 anniebella
      January 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      The senile John McCain need to go give that dumb ass daughter Megan the attention she seeks.

      • January 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        The thing I detest about Repubs is the ease in which they lie. Megan sat in front of O’Donnell and repeatedly said how much her family liked Mitt Romney. Or maybe the word “like” doesn’t mean what I think the word “like” means.

  30. 145 CTGirl
    January 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Did you hear the mom say “you can’t take my baby!”. The president was really hanging on to that little boy :-)

  31. January 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    The president’s underappreciated, undersold success stories

    David Rothkopf (Foreign Policy): …. the Obama track record on many fronts is much better than the administration gives itself credit for. They could be doing much, much more to tout what is an impressive litany of successes.

    While the list of those successes is long and compelling-defeating Bin Laden, getting out of Iraq, helping to oust Qaddafi, restoring our reputation internationally, resetting our international priorities to better coincide with our long term interests (the “pivot” to a focus on Asia), producing meaningful healthcare reform, producing significant financial services reforms, stopping the downward spiral in the economy and laying the foundations of recovery, etc. – let me focus on three areas that deserve much more attention and appreciation ….. ** See article **

    …. the president is actually doing remarkably well in the world’s toughest job right now, and he is and has been doing so under truly extraordinarily adverse circumstances. This is one of those circumstances in which the substance is better than the PR – and it’s time for the White House’s political and communications brain trust to get out a clean sheet of paper and begin to make new and better plans for claiming the credit the Obama team deserves.

    Full article here: http://rothkopf.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/01/05/the_presidents_underappreciated_undersold_success_stories

    • January 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      I think the president and all his supporters are going to spend the next year making sure everyone in America hears about his successes. Up to this point, he was building up the list; now he’s ready to sell it. The president and his communications people are not naive, nor are they shrinking violets. They know when and how to make PBO’s achievements known.

    • January 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      I was just fine until he said “if it was Clinton”! His problem, PBO is NOT Clinton and thank God for that. There is a little undercurrent that-PBO doesnt quite know what he is doing. I am offended. PBO is the smartest man in the room and really does not need any instruction on when and/or if he should broadcast his achievements. PBO has Looooooooooooo plans that I challenge anyone to see what he is REALLY doing at any given moment. When or if the time arrives, when it fits into his plan PBO will structure his pronouncement quite well. He always has. I love it and in fact prefer his approach.

  32. 149 PhillyinJA
    January 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    talk me off a ledge guys, I’m here at my home in Jamaica watching Americas Dumbest Criminal when an AD about repeal it now came on. It was an AD about ACA (Obamacare) and that it had 1.6 million signatures. please tell me that’s a lie and that it is a shady organization.

    • 150 LOL
      January 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Lies…All lies.. It’s going to the Supreme Court which will more than likely uphold it because the appeals court upheld it.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Never heard of it, but it doesn’t matter. Congress doesn’t have the votes to repeal it.

    • 153 isonprize
      January 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      No problem… :lol: It’s all a lie. There are no votes in Congress to repeai it. Even the really conservative Supreme Court will uphold it because the lower courts have upheld it. Generally, the Supremes don’t like folks wasting their time with issues that the lower courts have already dealt with.

  33. 154 halo
    January 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    SANTORUM MIGHT HAVE ACTUALLY WON!

    http://www.kcci.com/news/30144582/detail.html#ixzz1idUftgoh

    Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa got the count right, he said he was shocked to find they hadn’t.

    “When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I’ve got a 20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,” True said. “Not Mitt Romney.”

    True said at his 53-person caucus at the Garrett Memorial Library, Romney received two votes. According to the Iowa Republican Party’s website, True’s precinct cast 22 votes for Romney.

    “This is huge,” True said. “It essentially changes who won.”

    $10k the Iowa GOP changed the results on purpose!

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      WOW.

      The GOP allowed no e-voting, and counted it all by hand, and they STILL CHEATED.

      so not surprising.

      Hope this guy make a HEEUUUGE deal of this.

      • January 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        If true, Iowans should be furious with this tampering and it certainly sullies Romney, the Cheater’s, reputation. This guy needs to hold a press conference and keep making noise until he’s heard. I have a deep and abiding revulsion against Santorum, but his people needs to step up to the plate on this.

    • 157 isonprize
      January 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      I TOLD YOU!!!! All of TOD said they would buy the election. 2 – 22, what’s 20 votes?

      What a scam. Plus, the Rethugs knew that the caucus wouldn’t allow recounts.

      This, this, THIS RIGHT HERE, is why we have to vote in such overwhelming numbers that they can’t steal it.

    • 159 nospin
      January 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      of course he did. When I read Romney won by EIGHT votes. . . c’mon now. That lying liar stole the win from Santorum.

      My hope was Santorum was smart enough to contest it.

    • 160 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      January 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      This doesn’t surprise me. I knew there was some fraud taking place somewhere. Romney spent too much money in Iowa to not have it work for him someway. I hope Mr. True and the Santorumnites don’t let this get swept under the rug. :???:

  34. January 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Something Romney and others will never have and that’s natural Charisma. Even for those who don’t agree with his policies admits there’s a likability quality that the president process.

    The republicans have been trying to find their next Reagan for over two decades, because even I, as a staunch democrat have to admit that he had these same qualities.

    I have tried to put my fingers on just what it is that makes this president so appealing as a human being and I’ve come to the following conclusions.

    It’s his laid back cool demeanor,
    It’s his smile he flashes that can instantly change the demeanor of the room.
    His calm demeanor when the country is facing a crisis.
    His love of ALL people
    His willingness to listen to those who may have a different point of view than his.
    His love of family that can’t be mistaken.
    His love for his wife, who he unabashedly states is his ROCK.
    His love of country and it’s people.
    He came to Washington “His own Man’, and he will leave “His Own Man”.

    I could go on, but I will lastly say, because Barack Obama is multi-culture/race/experience, I think many of us are so endeared to him becasue I think we see him as our brother, and that’s where our fierce protection of him stems from.

    I love this site and thank you Chips!

    • 162 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      You nailed it!

    • 163 JoJothecat
      January 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Beautifully said bjw2.

    • 164 Lovepolitics2008
      January 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      I love your post, bjw.

      The list of his qualities is pretty long, isn’t it ?

      I think that most of all, people sense his authenticity, and they see the perfect balance of seriousness, sense of purpose and optimism.

    • January 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Gorgeous bjw2, just gorgeous!

    • January 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Your post is absolutely beautiful, BJW2. Our president is all of those things–he makes you feel he is a beloved family member even as he overwhelms you with his brilliance and leadership skills. I do appreciate your point about Reagan, though I never felt it. He always seemed phony to me and I had a hard time even listening to him.

    • 167 isonprize
      January 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      bjw2. All of what you said. But there is also one thing that MUST be mentioned.

      It’s more than just that smile that can change the tone of a room. President Obama is a very good looking man. He’s tall, he’s in great physical shape, he’s comfortable in his own skin. Even though, as far as I know, he never served in the military, he has gained the respect of service men and women. Plus, he looks to be in as good a shape, if not better, than most of the officers he commands.

      He knows the women scream when they see him. But the men also know in their gut that he’s a “man’s man.” He’s not full of himself. He doesn’t take anybody talking about his rock, his “Miche”, his main girl or his baby girls!! He has no problem holding, hugging and kissing babies. He respects the elderly, He even looks good hanging out with the dog!!

      So, yes, you are so right. People just like the guy. But as my sweet momma used to say, “it sure don’t hurt when they are easy on the eye…” So, while it’s not the only criterion, it is a very, very important one.

      • January 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        Thanks Chips, Isonproze and everyone else for your compliments…forgive the wrong words in the post.

        Oh and yes isonprize, the icing on the cake is, the man is not hard on the eyes :D :D

  35. January 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    My mother snd sister just got the Florida ballot in the mail!
    The president is not on the ballot! No democrat is on the ballot, it’s all local.
    Is this fake? What should she do?

    • 172 nintendowii10
      January 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      is it the ballot for the Repub primary? Maybe that’s it, I don’t see why the general election ballots would be mailed out this early considering the Repubs don’t even have an official nominee.

    • 173 jacquelineoboomer
      January 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Is there a special election or something? You can call the Supervisor of Elections for the county.

      • 174 Obama Grandmama
        January 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        I think it might be similar as Oregon. In the Primary Election here in 2008 I helped change my parents and one of my brothers registration online from Republican to Democratic then copied it for their signature and sent it in for them. They agreed to let me do this so they could vote for Obama in the Primary as it was a tight election with Hillary. I agreed to change their registration back when the primary was over if they wanted me to. They did not. That means they will only receive a Democratic Primary ballot this year instead of a Republican one. It doesn’t matter in the General Election as you can vote for either party. If you were a former Republican and want to change parties permanently you can check with your courthouse to do so.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Are they registered Republicans? My parents and I live in FLA. Both of my parents are registered Republicans (but voted for Obama and my mom worked in his campaign office in Miami in 2008) but they have received their ballots and they only have Repub candidates for the FLA primary scheduled for 1/31/12.

    • January 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      It cannot be the general election ballot–not possible even for Florida. If you apply to vote absentee that ballot will arrive MUCH closer to the the actual election. If there are no Democrats on the ballot, it’s a Republican primary ballot.

      • 177 Pamela
        January 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        Since there were no contenders in the democratic party, and all acknowledged that President Obama is running, he is already the nominee, yes?

  36. 178 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Did you see this on TPM? Possible Romney was touted to have received 20 votes more than he actually earned.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/01/did_santorum_actually_win.php

    Either way, it’s awful. I now actually dislike Santorum as much as I dislike Romney and Gingrich.

  37. 195 Elly in Maryland
    January 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I think whenever someone brings up Romney in conversation, I’ll just say “He’s such a phony.” End of story.

    About Mr. Cordray – he looks so mild-mannered but I suspect there’s a spine of steel in there. It will be interesting to watch the R’s try to grill him in one of their kangaroo-court-type “hearings.”

  38. January 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    We’re having a “blah” festival on twitter tonight. So funny. Remember Santorum told OReilly he did not say black he’s sure he said blah.
    @avd911 I’m blah and I’m Proud.
    also…My Prezzident is BLAH!

  39. January 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm
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  41. 203 rikyrah
    January 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I love the video at the top outside the Eason’s house. Listen to the tone of the folks as they speak. You can hear it, everytime someone says ‘ MR. PRESIDENT’. The Brotha, who just ‘ happened’ to be standing in the neighborhood with a suit on just makes me smile. You all know, if President Obama showed up on your block, you’d have the same tone in your voice. I shall not lie, I would be pushing Peanut to the front, just at the hope of getting one of those pictures………..LOL

  42. 211 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Who’s in Georgia?

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/01/05/398857/georgia-state-repafraid-mormon/

    Georgia State Rep: ‘I’m Afraid’ Of Romney’s Mormon Faith, But ‘It’s Better Than A Muslim’

    • 212 nospin
      January 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      that is just ignorant and plain disgusting.

      So they don’t care that the man is a lying liar with no core but are worried about his faith? SMDH

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Oh wow – that is beautiful GoBrooklyn, just added it to the post. Thank you SO much!

    • 215 desertflower
      January 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      It’s ok…not that exciting to me…I DO like the one above that Chips posted :) My daughter is an incredible artist and painted me the “Hope” picture. It is ABSOLUTELY THE SPITTING IMAGE that we have loved these last 3 years:) It proudly hangs in the library/study in my house..I look at it everyday….

    • January 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Not crazy about so many different fonts but it’s a cool idea.

      Just saw they have market bags!! Must have!! Plastic bags were outlawed here a couple of years ago so everybody shops with their own bags.

  43. 217 rikyrah
    January 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Racist image of Michelle Obama based on Versailles painting

    A baldly racist depiction of First Lady Michelle Obama that appeared Tuesday on a right-wing website is based on a 1775 portrait of Marie Antoinette by Jean-Baptiste André Gautier-Dagoty (1740-1786). The full-length painting hangs outside Paris in the Palace of Versailles.

    The Internet image grafts Obama’s face onto Gautier-Dagoty’s lavish depiction of the French queen, dressed in full regalia. It also replaces the draped left arm of the young monarch, then barely 20, with a muscular black arm and shifts the position of the right hand to place it in front of a world globe.

    The caricature of Obama as a profligate queen relies on the racist stereotype of an “uppity Negro,” which emerged among slave masters in an earlier American era. Obama, born into a working-class Chicago family whose roots are traced to the pre-Civil War South, graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, prior to holding several high-level positions in the academic and private sectors.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/01/racist-image-of-michelle-obama-based-on-versailles-painting.html#more

    • 218 anniebella
      January 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      rikyrah,I will not waste my time with these people, so to hell with them.

    • 219 Lovepolitics2008
      January 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Sadly, we have to prepare ourselves to see Michelle Obama viciously attacked in the coming year, because she’ll be an active campaigner. President Obama won’t be able to campaign 24/7 obviously so Michelle is going to do a LOT I think.

      • 220 anniebella
        January 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm

        They are afraid of FLOTUS. They know she is well like as First Lady, so they are trying to tarnish her image, but it won’t work.

        • 221 Lovepolitics2008
          January 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

          It won’t work indeed. This is red meat for the rabid base but it will be repulsive to independant voters.

        • January 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

          The more they attack her, the more we will love her. She is already adored by the military and this did not happen overnight. She and Dr. Biden have proved that they are genuinely concerned about the military and they have backed it up with “joining forces” and including the families in a lot of events.

    • 223 nospin
      January 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      am I the only one that can give a shyte about what those ignant mofo’s think about our FLOTUS?

      She has more class in her pinky toe than any of those jackals AND she lives in the White House with her loving husband and father of her children POTUS. So they can gtfoohwtbs

    • January 6, 2012 at 12:03 am

      REALLY NOT INTERESTED IN SEEING OUR BEAUTIFUL 1ST LADY DEMEANED IN ANY WAY…AND I WILL SAY THAT ABOUT ANY OF OUR PREVIOUS 1ST LADIES!!!

  44. January 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Good Evening Everyone:-)

    I found this cool video…..just wanted to share .We’re on the move!!!! grassroots everywhere are…. PRESSING ON TO ANOTHER VICTORY:-) OBAMABIDEN/2012 (Hugs)

  45. January 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    heads up Cordray is gonna be on LOD tonite. It should be interesting.

    • 235 anniebella
      January 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      I just watch Cordray on O’Donnell and I enjoy listening to him.

    • 237 Ladyhawke
      January 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Richard Cordray was great. I really like him and I loved seeing the clips of Elizabeth Warren. The Republicans must be saying who’s bright idea was it to go after Elizabeth Warren. Fast Forward Elizabeth Warren is running for senator in Massachusetts and is cleaning Scott Brown’s clock. And best of all, because of Republican Party obstruction forcing President Obama’s hand the American people now have a director of the CFPB to look out for them. Nice.

  46. 238 halo
    January 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    HUFFPUFF IS ON A MISSION TO DESTROY SANTORUM BC HUFFPUFF’S OWNER IS A ROMNEY SUPPORTER!

  47. 242 ChristiMTL
    January 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History?
    Caucus Vote Counter Says Romney Mistakenly Given 20 Votes

    http://www.kcci.com/news/30144582/detail.html#ixzz1idsg0BPQ

    Oh uh

    lol

  48. January 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    You would think the msm would pick up on the New Iowa results!
    If it’s true, maybe they also have to double check, their is a lot of crappy reporting, downright lies lately.

  49. 245 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Kathleen Sebelius writes about ACA in the Washington Post . My thought is, that many MORE in this Administration need to highlight the good programs that have been implemented in this WH. PBO is not a chest beater…it is up to those agencies and staffers to put this stuff in every newspaper in the country. Just my thought. It’s too good NOT to be known about, or understood by every American.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-affordable-care-act-helping-americans-curb-health-care-costs/2012/01/05/gIQAZgHfdP_story.html?hpid=z3

    • January 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      I am in total agreement desertflower. We need more of these Democrats to do opeds or something to tout their good accomplishments. PBO can’t do it all by himself.

  50. 247 Ladyhawke
    January 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell just teased a segment on Mitt Romney and the “TELEPROMPTER”. This should be good. Apparently, Willard has been running into some problems memorizing lines. I really think he should promise never to use a teleprompter since he thinks it is such a problem for President Obama to be using one.

  51. 248 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/new-web-site-uses-humor-to-fact-check-political-ads-and-political-journalism/2012/01/05/gIQAk9iddP_story.html?hpid=z3

    If Abraham Lincoln were running for president today, a campaign attack ad might go something like this:

    (Cue sneering voice of ad announcer.) “Why should we trust you as president when as a lawyer you defended whiskey-hating women who smashed up a saloon, an admitted adultress and a wife who poisoned her husband?” A message at the end of the ad reads that it was “Paid for by white male property owners who know a woman’s place.”
    .

    The Lincoln spoof aimed at high school and college students is featured on Flackcheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit Web site launched Thursday with the goal of encouraging journalists and the public to be more vigilant in truth-squadding misleading political ads and candidates’ statements.

  52. 249 isonprize
    January 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Here’s funny for you!!

    DISTRACT-O-TRON, 1-5-12 by Mark Fiore!

    ‘there a candidate in a diner. Flannel visible.’

    http://www.markfiore.com/political-cartoons/watch-election-gop-republicans-iowa-new-hampshire-newt-romney-distraction-santorum-animated-video-mark-fiore-

  53. 250 isonprize
    January 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Here’s Why the GOP is Ranting Over the New Consumer Agency

    The Bottom 99%

    The firestorm of protest over the appointment of Richard Cordray as Director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers a stark view of the modern Republican philosophy of deregulation at the expense of everyday consumers. This case study of conservative dogma flies in the face of overwhelming evidence that lax regulation of the financial sector played a central role in the unprecedented trillion-dollar economic crisis.

    A look at the Agency’s mission helps to explain why blocking Cordray has been such a high priority for the GOP.

    What Does the Consumer Financial Protection Board Do?

    Read the rest here:

    http://thebottom99percent.com/heres-why-the-gop-is-ranting-over-the-new-consumer-agency/

  54. January 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I’ve been spammed today by a site selling steam iron mops. :???:

    If they promised to send this guy to make my home sparkly clean up I might be interested….

    …. but otherwise: go away.

  55. 258 ML
    January 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    http://bangordailynews.com/2012/01/05/opinion/mitt-romney-out-of-control/

    “If this is Mitt Romney’s idea of a victory rally, one shudders to think what would have happened if he had lost the Iowa caucuses.

    The day after his impossibly thin eight-vote victory, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination flew here for a town hall meeting at Manchester Central High School, where he was to bask in the endorsement of his 2008 rival, John McCain.

    But the senator grimaced when he was introduced, and as Romney delivered his own stump speech, an increasingly impatient McCain pulled up his sleeve and checked his watch. McCain gave his endorsement address without mentioning Romney’s Iowa win until the end.

    “By the way, we forgot to congratulate him on his landslide victory last night,” he said, laughing. Romney ignored him.”

    More good stuff about Romney being heckled by OWS people and interacting on the plane with the press. (Chips if this violates the posting guidelines, please remove. It’s about a sixth of the original article.)

  56. January 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Washington, D.C. – As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to enhance the security and reliability of the nation’s electrical grid, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced an initiative to further protect the electrical grid from cyber attacks.  The “Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity” project, a White House initiative led by the Department of Energy in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will leverage the insight of private industry and public sector experts to build on existing cybersecurity measures and strategies to create a more comprehensive and consistent approach to protecting the nation’s energy delivery system.

    “This initiative is another important step forward in improving the security of the Nation’s energy infrastructure and ensuring that the country’s electrical systems remain secure, reliable and resilient,” said Secretary Chu. “Establishing a comprehensive cybersecurity approach will give utility companies and grid operators another important tool to improve the grid’s ability to respond to cybersecurity risks.” 

    http://energy.gov/articles/department-energy-launches-initiative-industry-better-protect-nation-s-electric-grid-cyber

    • 260 LunarSea
      January 6, 2012 at 12:10 am

      I saw the instruction on a hair blow dryer once that said ‘Do not use in the shower’. It was easy to imagine why they felt the need to state that in no uncertain terms.,

      I can’t help but wonder what they know, that we don’t, that they are making it a priority to secure our electric grid from cyber attack. hmmm

  57. 261 Pamela
    January 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    From @DalaiLama: “While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength.” 3 January 2012

  58. 262 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Just an update. Many were outraged to learn that a young American citizen had been mistakenly deported to Columbia and is now in limbo…well…good news! She’s coming home.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/05/us/texas-colombia-teen/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    (CNN) — Colombia is preparing to hand over to U.S. officials a Dallas teenager who was mistakenly deported after she ran away from home more than a year ago, the South American country’s foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday night.
    Jakadrien Turner will be turned over to diplomatic officials Friday so she can be transported to the United States, the statement said. But the foreign ministry did not say when — or how — that will happen.

    • January 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Did you see that movie Columbiana?

    • January 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Sad story too. She’s 15 and pregnant according to the local news.

    • 266 isonprize
      January 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      Yeah, this story was/is a HOT MESS! I was horrified reading the info you posted last night, desertflower. just horrified. I hope this young lady get the help she so obviously, desperately needs, especially with a baby on the way. . FOR REAL!!!

    • 267 LunarSea
      January 6, 2012 at 12:13 am

      It all stems from Sarah the Quitter. I swear from the time she came on the scene, this country took a flying leap into the realm of madness.

      I will forever hold McCain accountable for this. just SMH

      • 268 anniebella
        January 6, 2012 at 6:36 am

        LunarSea, whatever respect I had for McCain when he pick Sarah Palin as his VP candidate, well I lost that respect. Like you I will forever blame him for releasing that woman on us.

  59. 273 LunarSea
    January 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve repeated the end of West Wing Week way too many times now. Love that Bo spot. And the musical punctuation was perfect.

    I’m sure there’s a psych-analysis in there somewhere. :lol:

  60. January 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Here is the answer-

    On Fox News’ On The Record tonight, Santorum said that he spoke with the head of the Iowa Republican Party, who told him that there was a separate counting error that incorrectly stripped 21 votes from Romney. Therefore, the two counting errors, according to Santorum, have largely offset themselves, although the final certification is yet to be completed.

  61. 279 collegekay
    January 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Hey we were right!

    Soldier at Ron Paul rally could face trouble

    ~Snip
    DES MOINES, Iowa – An Army reservist who took the stage at a political event for Ron Paul and expressed his support for the Republican presidential candidate could face legal troubles, the military said Thursday.
    Cpl. Jesse Thorsen, 28, stood at a podium at the Paul rally in Iowa on Tuesday night wearing his military fatigues and said meeting the Texas congressman was like “meeting a rock star.”

    “His foreign policy is by far, hands down better than any other candidate’s out there,” Thorsen told the cheering crowd.

    Army Reserve spokeswoman Maj. Angel Wallace said participating in a partisan political event in uniform is a violation of Defense Department rules and the military is reviewing whether Thorsen could face legal ramifications. Soldiers are permitted to vote, participate in some political activities and express opinions about candidates as long as they are not in uniform and speaking in an official capacity, she said.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57353507/soldier-at-ron-paul-rally-could-face-trouble

    • January 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Since he’s in the reserves, that means he got specially dressed up in his uniform for this event. DUMB. And it was really stupid of Paul to encourage this.

  62. 281 ML
    January 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Well, I just have to say thanks a lot!!! I was supposed to be grading papers and doing lesson plans tonight and thanks to you prolific people I have done NOTHING but sit here and read updates TOD. My poor second graders won’t be taking any papers home tomorrow! ;)

    • 282 Pamela
      January 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Oh, ML, I am sorry! I was supposed to finish up my logs, and same thing happened to me, can’t seem to help myself! I think it is np ones fault but my own! It is just so cozy here at TOD on a winter night!

      • 283 ML
        January 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm

        I know it’s my fault; I’d just like to blame someone else! I’m sitting here in my snuggly robe listening to the cat snore and absorbing all the great posts. It’s like hanging out with friends, but I don’t have to clean my house!

  63. January 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    New ppp polling in the state of SC has mitt Romney up by 10 points.
    If he wins SC by that amount, it’s over.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/01/could_this_be_over_fast.php?m=1

  64. January 6, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I love the way your president has brought the office to the people. he has humanized it in a way I have never seen before.


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