**** Don’t miss Eclectablog‘s report and photos from Michigan today ****
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
Whoa! collegekay…. Speechless morning! :)
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO! THANKS AGAIN CHIPS FOR THE GREAT PIC…ANOTHER WEEK OF NO SLEEP!..:)
MY STATE ROCKS! …ok back to work for the man. LOL
He’s amazing. And think about it, he isn’t even in full campaign mode yet.
That’s it exactly!! I don’t worry about polls to much, as long as they are trending right and are relatively stable.
Once President Obama is in full campaign mode, he will squash Mitt Romney like a grape!
Why waste a good grape ? I’d say a roach. Apt analogy.
:lol: :lol: Shame on you, amk! :lol: :lol:
what? I just speak the truth, the rethugs think it’s hell. :)
How are you vc ?
good one !!!
Let’s stop paying attention to the fricking phony polls tha the MSM is traying to sell us, This AM
on ABC Jake the Crip taper said that PBO will not be able to run on his accomplishement , is Jake
Taper fucking crazy? Seriously? WTF Let’s focus on the ground from now on and we will show
the MSM that they are not going to FUCK with us the people.
Answer to your question about Jake Taper, is yes, he is crazy. He just can’ stand it when PBO is successfull–upsets his biased order of the universe.
I wouldn’t say that. He’s just up and down. Jake is the one who started listing all of The President’s successes against the terrorist and came up with that great line “if this is defense what does offense look like?” They all want a horse race and as we get closer to November they know that’s not going to happen.
“F” Jake Tapper. That’s forget, not the other word.
It’s a right wing talking point.
Pres. Obama will prove the GOP and Tapper wrong. Like he always does.
House Democrats raised 61 million in 2011.
That is a good figure.
Also, great pictures chips.
I LOVE the digital age. Photos in an instant.
Amazing what digital photos, internet, & social media has done no?
I think one of the reasons that President Obama won, was his ability to use the digital tools powerfully!
Yes, agree, but, hey … looks as though he’s lost the “youth” vote! NOT!
How great to see these photos the minute I hit TOD! Thanks, Chips!
We send these kids to school and the least they can do is learn how to act disillusioned.
I am trying to imagine…and just cannot….the “lost youth vote” getting this excited for a Gingrich or Romney. It will never happen
The youth vote is not going to be too excited hearing Willard talk about his “blind trust”.
Exactly!!! the younger people are are not stupid I do not see this much enthusiasim on the crawds of the GOP
all I hear from them a bunch of Ignorance garbage.
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.
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.
Wooot! I’m 6th. Yeah.
Is there any evidence Willard has appeared before a crowd other than all-white and with an average age under 65?
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. ;)
God, he’s adorable.
He really is- just so natural & real with people. Rare is our President.
for reals, he’s freaking gorgeous *fans self*
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.
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!
I think he said you don’t tug on superman’s cape. Reverand Al’s show….I think!
Jim Croce (RIP) “you don’t mess around with Jim”….
Great comment by Rendell, I am always wary of the former. Hillary supporters because they tend to have a passive-agressive streak
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.
Joe about to speak in front of House Dems!!! He’s getting introduced by Becerra!!!——Joe’s been coughing alot. Think he’s sick. :(
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/
thanks for the link & the heads up.. tuned in just in time for Joe talking about Nancy Pelosi- thank YOU.
The First Lady is closing in on half a million followers :)
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…..
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.
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.
Hilarious. I am trying to figure out how poor Williard will ease his hand out of the lion’s mouth with his lurch so far, far, far to the right on immigration reform. I guess we can plan on seeing some serious flip flopping once the general election gets underway. So far …..
– He would vote against the DREAM ACT.
– He believes in a strange phenomenon called “self-deportation”
– His association with Kris Kobach architect of divisive new immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama is a real problem.
Dems Introduce Latino Voters To The ‘Two Faces’ Of Romney
*ease his hand out of the lion’s mouth*
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.
They’ve also turned off women, even Republican women!
Reasons I Admire & Respect #PresObama: 1) He has a special empathy & gentleness w/ Children [Matthew 19:14] #Obama2012 http://t.co/1cLWhIeQ— HSC for Obama 2012 (@pinkbunny70) January 27, 2012
This picture makes me melt every time I see it. It’s delicious. All of them.
Yes Indeed, this Is one of my favorites, speaks volumes:-)
Lovely sentiment! Just retweeted.
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.
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!
Just wanted to jump in and say how happy I am for you, your husband and this wonderful community our Chipsticks created.
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!
Chips, please give canadabarb my email also, CanuckJoyce and I will co-ordinate with her…. Thank you and have a fabulous Obama day!
Hi Pamela! Are you from Vancouver also? My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
canadabarb4obama, just sent you an email!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Seriously that should be a BUMPER STICKER !!! and they should get surrogates to say that. I don’t think President Obama could say it that bluntly, but its simple and so powerful for his surrogates
That is succinct, love it!
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.
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!!
“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!
From the tell-us-something-we-already-knew department:
A new study links low IQ and prejudice
( 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.)
Most of them probably had a much higher IQ before they started watching Fox.
LOL that’s been proven also. Watching fauxnews lowers your intelligence quota
"WE are strongly supportive of the private sector; THEY are supportive of the PRIVILEGED sector" – VPBiden @VP #OBAMA/BIDEN2012— Alycee (@jazziz2) January 27, 2012
THIS IS THE BEST DISTILLATION!
Nail. Meet the hammer.
WOW JOE SAID HE WOULD HAVE SAID NO ON BIN LADEN! PBO SAID GO!
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.
Reasons I Admire & Respect #PresObama: 2) #PresObama IS the Commander-In-Chief! US is SAFER b/c of him! #ObamaBiden2012 http://t.co/oq9lxd4M— HSC for Obama 2012 (@pinkbunny70) January 27, 2012
Illustrating the Success of Health Care Reform ~ what IS working bit.ly/wG16iJ— whatis working (@whatisworking11) January 27, 2012
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.
Hey, the least I could do.
Just right click the timeline at the bottom left corner (27 Jan 12), select copy link location and paste it here.
Encouraging story for the day
Health Reform: Changing the Game for Pediatric Cancer Patients?
included a video that explains the health care law.
Motorcade arriving @airport NOW ————> http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4
Health Reform: Changing the Game for Pediatric Cancer Patients? ~ what IS working bit.ly/wNRWhO— whatis working (@whatisworking11) January 27, 2012
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.
Thanks goes to our tireless wiw for her excellent works of love.
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.
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!!!!
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.
Farmers Take Back Land Slated For Housing
no video but the audio from NPR is included
Not sure if this live CNN link was posted, VP Biden:
Mayor Julian Castro humbled and inspired by SOTU:
Thanks, meta. That was a link worthy of the click.
JOE IS KILLIN IT!
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?) :) ;) :)
Newt is speaking at the ” Hispanic Leadership Conference ” ???
Will he tell them that Spanish is a Ghetto language ?
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!
Governor O’Malley, Governor Jack and Governor Quinn on Morning Joke
Gonna check it out. Heard it was great and was looking for the link. Thanks
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.
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:
“trickle down government, man.” —said with a helluva smile!!!
That wasa n awesome speech! Although, I hope they don’t use that phrase. It’s too easy to be demonized.
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.
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…
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״,
Loved it then, love it even more now!
Here is the link for the full speech this morning:
Thanks LunarSea. I missed it while driving into work this morning. I couldn’t believe that c-span radio didn’t cover it.
Excuse me while I go take a quick shower.
IC you missed it: Vice President Biden Remarks at House Democratic Retreat – C-SPAN Video Library c-spanvideo.org/program/BidenR… via @cspanvl— Alycee (@jazziz2) January 27, 2012
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Brewer is a sick racists witch.
Today's speech in Ann Arbor: Pres. Obama Discusses College Costs | C-SPAN shar.es/fgGP8— Alycee (@jazziz2) January 27, 2012
New NBC/WSJ poll: Voters want a Democratic Congress over a Republican one, 47%-41% dems.me/w7Fs94— DCCC (@dccc) January 27, 2012
Well, it looks like the horror of the 2010 midterms which gave the Republican Party the majority in the House of Representatives is finally sinking in? This is very encouraging.
Remember, the winning margins of most of the rethugs in 2010 was just a few hundred votes.
Excellent take-down of gov hissy fit by local AZ news org. Wake the fuck up, arizona. azcentral.com/members/Blog/E…— amk (@amk4obama) January 27, 2012
Hey I did it! Embedded a tweet! This old broad CAN learn new tricks.
:) Congrats. Chips, do your thingy for 57&F.
Of course, you’d already covered this excellent takedown, but it was a good way to practice doing it. Thanks for the link — it was sweet!
You go, girl! CONGRATS!
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
And a police office posted this crap on his facebook page. Unfrigginbelievable!!!
s/b police “officer”
Madre de Dios Will the sick racist caca spewing in Arizona ever cease? First our rude Governor and now this. I hope the Secret Service arrests these men.
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.
Obama’s populist pitch unifies House Democrats
“It’s the first time I’ve seen Democrats this united,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.
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
Excellent, thank you Eclectablog!
LIVEBLOG: President Obama in Ann Arbor – January 27, 2012 | Eclectablog shar.es/fgezD – CHECK OUT COOLVIDEOS & PHOTOS #ObamaBiden2012— HSC for Obama 2012 (@pinkbunny70) January 27, 2012
This is excellent. Lucky you! Your wife’s photos are great. I’m glad you brought the link I was all set to do that for you but I’m slow ♥
TODers this is a don’t miss diary!!!
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.
Tell Newt to beat Mitt and President Obama will be ready to kick his sorry ass.
So long as they understand the difference between opinion and fact they can dream all they want
“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.
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.
House Dems raise $61 million in 2011 – The Hill's Ballot Box: bit.ly/A3d8Uk via @AddThis— Just Saying (@Notjustjazz) January 27, 2012
Read thehills article.
Heads up everyone:
G’day folks. I see the Prez is still having difficulty gathering a crowd :lol:
:) :) :)
LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL…:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) THAT’S OUR PBO….AWESOME AS ALWAYS!
Anywhere to see the president talking to House Dem?
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.
Sounds like he watches Smiley.
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.
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!
@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.
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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