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A rather warm welcome:

Will post video of speech when it appears – you can see it at C-Span

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, January 27

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159 Responses to “michigan”


  1. 1 collegekay
    January 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

    BOOM!

  2. January 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

    MY STATE ROCKS! …ok back to work for the man. LOL

  3. January 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

    He’s amazing. And think about it, he isn’t even in full campaign mode yet.

  4. January 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

    House Democrats raised 61 million in 2011.

    That is a good figure.

    Also, great pictures chips.

  5. 26 overseasgranny
    January 27, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I am trying to imagine…and just cannot….the “lost youth vote” getting this excited for a Gingrich or Romney. It will never happen

    • 27 Bill
      January 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

      The youth vote is not going to be too excited hearing Willard talk about his “blind trust”.

    • January 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Now that you mention it, OG, I’ve just realized that I haven’t heard either one address the issue of education! I don’t believe I’ve every caught any of the candidates in a forward-looking positive comment!!! The Republicans en masse truly have nothing to offer, and no concept of what the country really needs. Sad, really.

      • January 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        Well, we did hear Santorum say that PBO only wanted to help people go to college so he could indoctrinate them into being liberals. So at least one candidate is AFRAID college would open young people minds so they would not grow up all twisted and narrow-minded like himself.

  6. 33 Bill
    January 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Is there any evidence Willard has appeared before a crowd other than all-white and with an average age under 65?

    • January 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Yes. In one of his recent do there were some bussed in Bingham Young connections which included young people and a few who looked like children. It was still a monochrome pallet, but with a little age variety. I don’t have the picture because I don’t save such stuff; it’s out there somewhere. ;)

  7. January 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Okay.

    God, he’s adorable.

    • January 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

      He really is- just so natural & real with people. Rare is our President.

    • January 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

      for reals, he’s freaking gorgeous *fans self*

    • 38 Ladyhawke
      January 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

      BWD, watching President Obama today it reminded me of something you said last July in which I totally agreed. I often think to myself, where did he come from? Remember this…

      ——————————-

      I had a revelation today

      Barack Obama is indeed not from here. You listen to him and then you listen to the tiny-tiny people around him, and they don’t even speak the same language, nor do they share the courage, the level of integrity or the genuine desire to serve the public. You get such man in the WH once a generation, what a shame that he’s surrounded by emptiness.

      http://blackwaterdog.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/i-had-a-revelation-today/

    • 39 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      BWD – So funny.

      I don’t like Ed Rendell, but on one of the shows yesterday – talking about how lackluster the GOP candidates are, who try to mess with him – old Ed said something like, “Get your hands off superman’s cape.”

      It wasn’t exactly that – but he did say superman’s cape!

      • 40 Sue in Minnesota
        January 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        I think he said you don’t tug on superman’s cape. Reverand Al’s show….I think!

      • January 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

        Great comment by Rendell, I am always wary of the former. Hillary supporters because they tend to have a passive-agressive streak

        • January 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

          If you notice, edwina, many like former Gov. Rendell, shift their commentary according to which show they appear. Anyway, I understand your “wariness” and share it.

          The reason I felt Steve Benen’s loss so greatly was his prolific and singular analysis of the nutty and the hypocritical GOP. I hope he’ll make his presence known at his new gig with Rachel Maddow.

  8. January 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Joe about to speak in front of House Dems!!! He’s getting introduced by Becerra!!!——Joe’s been coughing alot. Think he’s sick. :(

  9. 45 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

    PBO departure from MI live ————> http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4

    VP Biden ———–> http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/

  10. 47 collegekay
    January 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

    The First Lady is closing in on half a million followers :)

  11. 48 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The last 48 hours have been crazy and I’ve barely been able to check in — looks like there’s a treasure trove of Obama goodies to catch up on. Our President is in fine form, yessiree.

    Thanks soooooooo much Chips for your priceless work! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Now to reading…..

  12. 49 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 11:09 am

    DUH!!!!

    Jeb Bush: Hispanics Are ‘Turned Off’ By Alabama’s Immigration Law; ‘It Makes No Sense’ Politically To Pass Such Bills

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

    Still, Bush’s sensible warnings on immigration policy are falling on deaf ears among many in his party. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the presidential race, where Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney has made anti-immigrant rhetoric a centerpiece of his campaign. He has pledged to veto the DREAM Act, his immigration plan involves forcing “self-deportation,” and he has trumpeted the endorsement of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the author of not only Alabama’s immigration law, but Arizona’s draconian SB 1070 bill as well.

    Though Bush has tried to steer his party away from its anti-immigrant tendencies, the proliferation of state-based bills has continued unabated. In December 2010, after Arizona’s SB 1070 bill passed, the Denver Post reported that “Bush said if his children walked the streets of Phoenix they might look awfully suspicious to police.” (Bush’s wife was born in Mexico and his children are Hispanic.)

    With Romney as the favorite to soon lead his party, Republicans may have difficulty winning Hispanic voters in the fall as moderate voices like Bush get pushed to the wayside.

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

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/01/27/413038/jeb-bush-alabama-immigration-turned-off/

    • 50 overseasgranny
      January 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Sadly, Ladyhawke, the President has lost the Latino vote as well as the youth vote, you know. It hasn’t risen much past 67% in weeks now.

    • January 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Poor Jeb. Trying to impose a scintilla of sanity on the Republican Party is an exercise in futility. The GOP has tied what’s left of its brains and its rhetoric to the tea party and it has put them on the skids to destruction. So far they’ve managed to turn off AAs, Latinos, young people, older people on Medicare and Social Security, the middle class and anyone poor enough to need Medicaid and Food stamps. Throw in a lot of decent people turned off by their bigoted rhetoric and what do you have left? The moral dregs of American society and the very rich.

  13. January 27, 2012 at 11:15 am
  14. 60 LunarSea
    January 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I’m watching Uncle Joe ‘the Amazing’ Biden on cspan live feed 4 and I’m a little concerned about him. I’ve heard he’s been sick. He is talking a good talk but missing his usual energy & spark. I wish he can take the time to recuperate.

    Sending him warm healing reiki embrace.

    • 61 MTmarilyn
      January 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

      LunarSea, I have been wanting to catch you and thank you for what you said for my husband when he had his surgery. It really meant alot to me and I know all the clearing and prayers worked. He is doing great. Recovery is long but he will be better. Again thank you!

  15. 64 MTmarilyn
    January 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Good morning Chips and wonderful TODville! I woke up in time to hear the last part of his speech. I am listening to our wonderful VP Joe right now. God I love both our POTUS and VPOTUS. After listening to what was said at the debate last night and seeing a picture of the 4 men on that stage, it scares the H… out of me. I truly believe our future depends on us. So thankful for this place and all who come here. We are the workers and we will win this race. Love you all!

  16. 65 Pamela
    January 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Chips, please give canadabarb my email also, CanuckJoyce and I will co-ordinate with her…. Thank you and have a fabulous Obama day!

  17. January 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Good Morning TOD family – I have time today to “hang with you guys” Woot

    Just watched Nancy Peolosi, Elizabeth Warren and president Obama. I am so grateful they are on our side. We have such wonderful candidates, I am inspired.

    A few more election toolkit pages will be coming out today, thanks to creolechild for her tireless research.

    It is good to be back.

    • 69 57andFemale
      January 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

      I have always loved Elizabeth Warren but wondered if she had the mettle for a big state campaign. Man, thank God I was wrong about that! She is by nature a gifted politician with strength and stamina and a straight line to the truth.

      Pay attention, PL: Elizabeth Warren is able to say she wishes certain things had gone farther, all the while supporting the President who she knows will be the road to these changes. She is phenomenal.

      • January 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

        I know. Elizabeth Warren exudes authenticity, compassion and strength. It’s obvious she knows that without the support of PBO, she couldn’t have designed her agency to be one, with teeth, in helping the American public. She certainly doesn’t sound like a wonky elitist: not once have I heard her get into the boring weeds.

  18. 71 LunarSea
    January 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    VP Biden just made a great line which he says sums up where we are, which he credited to someone else, “OBL is dead and GM is alive” I love it!

  19. 75 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

    PBO was phenomenal! Loved when that student said 4 MORE YEARS!!!! and he said Ok. So cute. Watching VP Biden. Hope he gets better. Touch of cold I suspect. Waiting for PBO to give his own speech. It’s been a great morning so far.

    After PBO spoke, Chris Jansing on MSNBC was waxing lyrical about him. All the journalists on her program said it would b very stupid of the GOP to count PBO out. They and the GOP forget that PBO is a very good campaigner and he pulls no punches. Can’t wait for him to get into full campaign mode. Enthusiasm gap? Ha! I think not.

    • January 27, 2012 at 11:29 am

      I know! I was thinking the same thing, you measure the ENTHUSIASM and PASSION out there for POTUS and you look at the tepid support and sometimes suspicion and disgust for Romney by conservatives, and there is NO CONTEST !! :-)

      Romney can’t connect, and he comes off like an obnoxious rich asshole!!

    • 77 LunarSea
      January 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

      “said it would b very stupid of the GOP to count PBO out” !! If they think that’s what the candidates are doing, that’s the dumbest thing I ever heard. LMAO at their idiocy They are shaking in their boots over ‘this president’.

      Why else push all these anti-voter regs & their breathless push of anti-American legislation? They must suspect they are in their last throes. ha! ‘count him out’? They’re quaking! These pundits are just soo funny.

      utaustinliberal I know that isn’t the point that you were trying to make in repeating what they said. My comment isn’t directed at you. It’s just that they all seem so clueless. Like they only listen to each other when developing their pontification points.

      Boy are they in for a surprise!

  20. January 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

    From the tell-us-something-we-already-knew department:

    A new study links low IQ and prejudice

    http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html

    ( In a funny, full disclosure instant karma moment, I am almost posted this by spelling “knew” as “new,” revealing who really has the low IQ.)

  21. 81 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 11:25 am
  22. 84 halo
    January 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

    WOW JOE SAID HE WOULD HAVE SAID NO ON BIN LADEN! PBO SAID GO!

  23. 85 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Wow. VP Biden is great! He’s talking about the OBL mission and PBO’s wonderful leadership and strength. He’s heaping well deserved praise on PBO. Love VP Biden. He tells it straight not BS.

  24. January 27, 2012 at 11:27 am
    • January 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Thanks AMK – although I am able to tweet, I don’t know how to do imbed a tweet in a blog, thanks for posting this. It’s such a compliment. I didn’t see it and posted the story below, your tweet means a lot. Oodles of thanks.

  25. January 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Encouraging story for the day

    Health Reform: Changing the Game for Pediatric Cancer Patients?

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/health-reform-changing-game-for.html

    included a video that explains the health care law.

  26. 91 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Motorcade arriving @airport NOW ————> http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4

  27. January 27, 2012 at 11:29 am
    • January 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      This video certainly spoke to me. Having lost a grandson to childhood cancer, spoke volumes to me. Just shared on FB. Thanks for sharing this so I could pass it on.

      • January 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

        Thanks goes to our tireless wiw for her excellent works of love.

      • January 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        Oh, tnmtngirl, I am so sorry. Nothing is more heartbreaking than losing a child. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My little nephew has been struggling with leukemia and it truly wrings all of our hearts. Bless you.

        • January 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm

          Thanks, Jackie. It has been almost 4 years. At times it seems like longer and at times, it seems like yesterday. I try not to dwell on “What would he be like at almost 8″? Some of the family here already knew and a couple of wonderful folks donated to my husbands hike to raise money for childhood cancer research. I’ve also told/warned the family that our daughter is shaving her head this July as part of 46 Mommas Shave For the Brave. It is part of St. Baldrick’s……one of the premier childhood cancer groups that raise money for research. We are way beyond proud of her. She has her website up so I’ll be getting the word out soon.

          Blessings to your family as you walk this journey with your nephew!!!!

  28. 97 57andFemale
    January 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

    My gut feeling is that a good portion of this election will be about the perceptions surrounding ACA. Good work is being done but without the widespread audience we need. http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/01/understanding-individual-mandate-and.html

    I haven’t read The Nation article yet, but I am heartened from Chips’ clips that finally someone there is acknowledging how much was accomplished by this President and how much in peril ACA is if Republicans gain any power.

    I’m not ashamed to say that I think the administration has not done a good job on selling this — a lesson I had hoped they would learn after 2010. I don’t need the lectures about the evils of the MSM not covering it adequately: they didn’t cover income equality and fairness either but Obama has been able to turn that around with great success. I just don’t see that effort concerning ACA and his recent speeches confirm that it is not a priority. In my humble opinion, that’s a mistake. For example, jobs in the health care industry will skyrocket under ACA (they are already growing), and it will all go to a common cause that will help every single American. The burdens of health care costs are more stifling to small business and individuals using their innovative talents in the workplace — ACA frees them from that burden and will help the economy. I believe that when Obama talks about jobs, he must talk about how much ACA will do to spur small business, make health care affordable for those who want to start their own businesses. And yes — say that adequate health care should be a right, not a privilege that has become increasingly difficult to afford for millions of Americans.

    They can’t wait on this — undoing CW is harder than leading the narrative.

  29. January 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Farmers Take Back Land Slated For Housing

    no video but the audio from NPR is included

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/01/farmers-take-back-land-slated-for.html

  30. 102 halo
    January 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

    JOE IS KILLIN IT!

  31. 103 debbyeOh
    January 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Good morning TOD family!!!! My goodness, my President was on fire this morning! It sure did my heart good! And I nearly fell out of my chair seeing that wink! Whew! (too many exclimation points, ya’ll think?) :) ;) :)

  32. 104 Linda
    January 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Newt is speaking at the ” Hispanic Leadership Conference ” ???

    Will he tell them that Spanish is a Ghetto language ?

  33. 105 mtmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
    January 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I hope you all are listening to the VP now. He is really telling it like it is. Why would anyone want to change VP’s this man is amazing!

  34. 106 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Governor O’Malley, Governor Jack and Governor Quinn on Morning Joke
    ;)

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3096434/#46163152

    • 107 LunarSea
      January 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Gonna check it out. Heard it was great and was looking for the link. Thanks

    • 108 57andFemale
      January 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Wow. I went over there with trepidation, but this is 9+ minutes of three Democratic governors making an articulate case and supporting POTUS. Great clip.

    • January 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks, DD4O. Curious that at the end Meta thought it necessary to compliment Joe on his control, something he should be showing all the times. The Dems did a good job, and your 3rd main politician (after PBO & VPJB) did shine as usual. :lol:

  35. January 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

    “trickle down government, man.” —said with a helluva smile!!!

  36. 112 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Wow. When VP Biden speaks, he just reahces into your chest and grabs a hold of your heart. He just makes a person get choked up. When he speaks, he connects his language to the lives, hopes, and hardships of everyday people. When he talks about PBO, he shows one another side of a leader who deeply cares for the citizens of this country no matter how much some may denigrate him or use slurs against him. Wow. Just wow.

    • 113 AJ
      January 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Love, love, love our Veep. So authentic, honest, genuine, gutsy… and funny:”I’ll campaing for ya, or agin ya, whatever will help.” LOL….!!

      We have such fantastic people in the White House looking out for us…

    • 114 CTGirl
      January 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      I love VP Joe :-)

      Do you guys remember this from his GQ interview back in 2010:

      ״I watch the guy. And I find nothing, nothing about him that’s aloof. Look, I judge people in large part by how they treat people who wait on them at a table. Watch him. Watch how he treats ordinary people. There’s nothing aloof about him.

      I think what it is, is he’s so brilliant. He is an intellectual. And the president, in a strange way, has more faith in the American people than about anybody I know. He sits there and says, “Look, we just tell ‘em. Just tell them.” It’s almost kind of a blind faith. You know, when someone will say to him, “Well, look, Mr. President, you really oughta do it this way.” “No. The American people get this. Just tell them. Just go out there and do the right thing.”
      He has a great expression. He says—and the reason why I’m
      confident we’ll be reelected—he says, “Look, I always joke, I always wanted to be a former president. If it has to be in four years, so be it. As long as we do the right thing.”

      This guy’s got a backbone like a ramrod, a brain bigger than his skull, and a heart that just keeps beatin’…..The truth of the matter is that I think the American people know where this guy’s heart is״,

      http://www.gq.com/news-politics/politics/201012/joe-biden-interview-vice-president-obama

    • 117 donna dem 4 obama
      January 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks LunarSea. I missed it while driving into work this morning. I couldn’t believe that c-span radio didn’t cover it.

  37. 120 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm
  38. January 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Excellent take-down of gov hissyfit by local news org.

    I’m sure that most of them would understand what it means to be a good host. As well as what it means to “welcome” someone. And what it means to be polite and deferential to a person whose professional position is deserving of respect.

    Among other things, it does not mean sandbagging a president who is about to provide a tremendous public relations plug for your state.

    This would be a president who has brought with him the national media and who will speak to them about an Arizona company that is thriving.

    It would have been a very good thing to have people (and potential investors) all over America see pictures of the president standing before the expanding Intel plant with a caption touting Arizona.

    Instead, we got a picture of Gov. Jan Hissy Fit with her finger in the face of the Commander in Chief.

    Why?

    Well, it had a little something to do with the letter the governor handed Obama as he exited the airplane in which she “invited” him to come back to Arizona and go to the border with her.

    The president was here doing the state a tremendous favor and instead of being gracious and thankful about it the governor tried to score a few points on the immigration and border security front for the Republican National Committee.

    And the president didn’t like it.

    And neither should you.

    http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/EJMontini/153746

    • 122 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks for link!

      My grandson (age 10) is really ticked at your Gov; as soon as he saw the pic he knew that there was no chance we’d be going to the Grand Canyon this year.

    • 123 anniebella
      January 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Gov. Brewer is a sick racists witch.

  39. 124 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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  41. 128 57andFemale
    January 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm
  42. 133 Linda
    January 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Shot-Up Image of President Draws a Secret Service Inquiry

    PHOENIX — The Secret Service said Thursday that it was looking into a photograph posted on the Internet that showed a group of young Arizona men posing in the desert with guns while holding up what appeared to be a bullet-riddled image of President Obama’s face.
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    The photograph showed seven casually dressed young men, four of whom clutched weapons and one of whom held up a T-shirt covered with small holes and gashes and bearing a likeness of Mr. Obama above the word “HOPE.” The weapons held aloft appeared to be a revolver, a bolt-action rifle and two assault rifles.

    “We’re aware of it, and we’re conducting the appropriate follow-up steps,” said Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman in Washington.

    Here is the photo

    http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2012/01/barack_obama_t-shirt_blasted_b.php

  43. 137 Linda
    January 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Two staffers who worked directly for Gov. Scott Walker while he was county executive were charged Thursday with illegally doing extensive political work while being paid by taxpayers to do county jobs. This is in addition to the three aides of Scott Walker that were arrested on January 5, 2012.

    UPDATE: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus now seems to be involved with the mess:

    The criminal complaint said Wink, Walker’s constituent services manager, exchanged numerous campaign-related messages with top Walker campaign staffers, including operations manager Joe Fadness, as well as Reince Preibus, then Republican Party of Wisconsin chairman and now head of the Republican National Committee.

    http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime_and_courts/two-more-ex-walker-aides-charged-in-john-doe-investigation/article_0d64606e-4835-11e1-b461-001871e3ce6c.html

  44. 138 FiredUpInCA
    January 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Obama’s populist pitch unifies House Democrats

    “It’s the first time I’ve seen Democrats this united,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.

    http://news.yahoo.com/obamas-populist-pitch-unifies-house-democrats-092942517.html

  45. January 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    My liveblog is up at Eclectablog with lots of photos, video and a full transcript of the President’s remarks here: http://www.eclectablog.com/2012/01/liveblog-president-obama-in-ann-arbor.html

    Enjoy!

  46. 143 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    NEWT: What he mostly seems to inspire is opposition.

    Why Newt Supporters Think He’s Electable

    By Ed Kilgore

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

    Gingrich doesn’t only benefit from this conviction—it’s at the center of his sales pitch.

    A Newt-Obama debate would be a chance to expose the baleful realities of the president’s record and his un-American values. And voters would not be the only ones persuaded—one of Gingrich’s blogger fans suggested that even Obama himself might succumb to Newt’s powerful logic and communications skills:

    [W]e need Newt as the nominee [because] he’s the candidate who has best been able to articulate just how bad Obama has been for the country. If he spent even an hour debating Obama, Obama would probably be convinced that his tenure has been a disaster.
    This argument, unrealistic as it may seem, is in harmony with the conviction of ideologues everywhere that bold, uncompromising candidates have the power to conjure hidden majorities out of the morass of mushy-moderate politics. Indeed, some hard-core supporters of Howard Dean’s 2004 candidacy expressed similar views. What’s unusual is that such a baldly ideological argument has been wholly absorbed by the rank-and-file of a major political party, as evidenced by their decision to move further right in response to the two straight electoral defeats of 2006 and 2008. Of course, they were encouraged in this process by the explicitly ideological messaging of the conservative establishment, including media outlets like Fox News.

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

    http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/100108/Gingrich-Supporters-Obama-Debate-Win

    • 144 anniebella
      January 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Tell Newt to beat Mitt and President Obama will be ready to kick his sorry ass.

    • 145 LunarSea
      January 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      So long as they understand the difference between opinion and fact they can dream all they want

    • 146 FiredUpInCA
      January 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      “They were encouraged in this process by the explicitly ideological messaging of the conservative establishment, including media outlets like Fox News.”

      They were also encouraged by the outcome of the 2010 election too.

      But the voters who showed up disproportionately in 2010 are not at all typical of the composition for a Presidential election.

      The President’s base, including eager first-time voters, are going to be present in droves.

      They will remember the party that supports the man who calls their president, a Harvard grad and former President of Harvard Law Review, a Food Stamp President. They will remember the party personified by the finger-wagging hack who met him on the tarmac in Arizona.

      They will profoundly outnumber the Fox-misguided electorate who were scared into believing that Democrats were ushering in death panels and the end of Medicare back when they passed healthcare reform.

      Republicans have misread the “mandate” that tea party-guided Republicans received during the 2010 election and they are in for a November surprise.

  47. January 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    FYI…TiMT has this excellent diary up at TPV explaining the health insurance mandate. It is very informative and is well worth bookmarking and passing on, especially if you will be volunteering time to canvass or phone bank with OFA.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/

  48. January 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Read thehills article.

  49. 150 yardarm756
    January 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    G’day folks. I see the Prez is still having difficulty gathering a crowd :lol:

  50. January 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Anywhere to see the president talking to House Dem?

  51. 154 edp4bho
    January 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Seems we have some angry black folks. Listening to Rev Al on radio, and his guest said, the only way PBO could lose is if “we” don’t come out and vote. That he needs to get his message across articulately (his word), and if we don’t hear his message, we won’t vote. Had a little hhmmph in his voice. Rev Al’s national National Action Network director had just mentioned where all the good info can be found—whitehouse.gov—-so I find all this challenge to PBO’s messaging is a lot of complaining born of laziness and blaming other than self. Still, we have to make sure the info is out there.

  52. January 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Ron Paul is holding a rally in manatee Florida.

    Craziness. All he keeps saying is brung our troops home. Does not mention any of his other policies, just bring our troops home.

    Pander Bear.

  53. 157 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I GAVE MY NEPHEW LOTS OF ‘O’ GOODIES TO WEAR AND TAKE BACK W/ HIM TO BASE THIS WEEKEND…EVEN MY ‘O’ HOPE POSTER! HE SAYS THERE IS LOTS OF RACISM WHERE HE IS…EVEN SMALL TOWNS STILL WITH SEPERATE SIGNAGE DESIGNATING RACIAL COLOR! SOME OF THOSE PLACES HE SAYS NEVER LEFT THE 60′S ….SAD. HE HATES IT THERE…HOPEFULLY, WHEN HIS TRANSFER COMES THRU…HE’LL BE IN SOME PART OF THE COUNTRY THAT’S ‘HUMAN’ FOR A CHANGE!

  54. 158 LDS
    January 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    @edp4bho: I don’t think it is lazy and blaming ones self at all.
    Like our President said, some people are still hurting. They have been hurting for a long time.

    I live in Harlem, USA and while canvassing and phone banking, I hear and sense hurt, disappointment from a lot of people who feel their neighborhoods have changes due to gentrification, bill Clinton moving his office space in Harlem causing rent and food prices to raise. So they expected PBO to immediately right what was wrong. This is similar to some privileged PL thinking and they chose not to vote in 2010.

    So instead of confronting them, I listen and let them know that I understand. but I also remind them of the clowns on the other side, what choices do we really have. After bill Clinton showed his true colors when Hillary was running against POB, they are not swooned off their feet by his singing at the Apollo. Some of them could not afford the ticket.
    I do think that OFA is aware of this and are on it. I feel this President will address these concerns before November.

  55. 159 Dave
    January 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    But, but, but, BUT the ALTERNATIVES???? Never mind what all us TODers KNOW about the President and the TRUTH, for everyone else that isn’t a right-wing nutjob, bigot or teabagging imbecile: THE ALTERNATIVES???? THEY ARE HIDEOUS BEYOND IMAGINATION!!! YOU CANNOT MAKE IT UP. SERIOUSLY. Mitt, Newt, Santorum, poor ole carzy Mr. Paul???????? I mean, WTF??? Bob Dole is spinning in his grave! Oh, sorry. Some day!


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