Michelle Obama now speaking:
White House live
FLOTUS is so stunning, so smart.
Oh, Chips. I’m first. I want a super pic of our first couple.
Thanks, Chips! My favorite of our lovely first couple.
I love that picture of King Obama and Queen Michelle Obama.
Just kidding about the King and Queen, but not kidding about loving the picture of POTUS and FLOTUS.
I missed FLOTUS and POTUS speaking this morning. Chipsticks I hope you will have some pictures or a video soon.
FLOTUS always has this regal look while PBO has this I can’t keep my eyes off her look in the photos.
That means to me that Michelle is one lucky lady to have such an adoring, loving man as her husband. He knows he is lucky and shows it. We are lucky to have the family as our First Family being role models to the rest of us.
That dress is perfect for her – one of my fav colors.
You heard about the failed assassination attempt of Putin?
Ah wow, missed that Jovie, thank you! I’ll behave and not say anything naughty about Putin
I will, he is a Dick!
(Although, I think you’re being unfair on dicks with that comparison)
The NYT piece reads like Putin’s people are spinning the thing like mad.
Her dress last night was so gorgeous. Congrats on your being first.
She should have said that for the state dinner next month. It looked really beauitful (the little piece of it I saw).
No she shouldn’t. She’ll knock it out of the park next month.
Absolutely spot on UT…
And here’s a comment worth sharing from the Financial Times regarding Mrs Obama and the wives of the republican wannabe’s…
Hey Chi!!!! *waves like a maniac* Welcome back. Haven’t read one of your brilliant posts in a while. Glad to see you pop in.
Dear UT, I never really went away…
I’m on perpetual deadlines at work lately it seems, but I still do find time to peruse this life-saving blog at least once or twice a day even if I don’t comment…
As you can imagine, the fear is that I mightn’t be able to follow through or might get stuck here once I start …lol
Just noticed that the link I posted to the comment in the Financial Times sends folks to a generic page…
So I’ll just post it …
February 11, 2012 1:52 am
Obama is successful in her own right
Sir, It appears that Anna Fifield assumes each of the potential US first ladies equal (“Wives who humanise the contenders for the presidency”, February 4). Of the five women Ms Fifield highlights, only one, Michelle Obama, can boast a successful career completely independent of her husband.
Mrs Obama is an Ivy League- educated lawyer, a savvy political figure in her own right, and (excluding profits from his book) earned a larger annual income than her husband, President Barack Obama, until she took up residency in the White House. One could argue that, perhaps, she is not as representative of a retro “stand-by-your-man” political wife as are Mrs Romney, Mrs Paul and Mrs Santorum, who are each professional homemakers, or Mrs Gingrich, whose career on Capitol Hill conveniently coincided with her affair with then Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. By failing to address these fundamental differences between individual accomplishments and attributes of the “humanising” wives, Ms Fifield assaults the very feminist psyche she seeks to arouse.
Professor Myra Gutin’s dismay at the American public’s persistence in examining the wife of a candidate in order to try to understand his character is not without merit. But, I suspect her real concern is towards a public that fails to concern itself with the modern political tendency to afford stay-at-home moms (who, according to the US census, constitute less than 23 per cent of all married mothers), those capable of being full-time political wives, the same deference as professional women who raise children and find time to support their husband’s political ambitions.
As a professional American woman, I cannot help but notice these full-time political wives tend be on the arms of our Republican candidates, while Democrats, in general, seem less threatened by, or more attracted to, their wives’ intellect and professional abilities. After all, Mrs Obama came to prominence only after the retreat of Mrs John Kerry, better known as Teresa Heinz, and Mrs Bill Clinton, now Madam Secretary of State. Perhaps, this trend says far more about a candidate’s character than the charming anecdotes his wife trots out on daytime television.
Brenna Bozarth, New York, NY, US
Chris Christie sitting beside Witch Brewer – how cosy.
So the Wicked Witch of the West showed up.
THE FUCK was she there for?
She’s got a lot of fucking nerve. Maybe she’ll write a book next month making up shit about the president so she can sell it.
I can’t stand that woman. In case you can’t tell….
I’m with you TrumpDog, she’s yet another of that bunch who make my skin crawl.
POLITICO’s James Hohmann reports:
President Barack Obama’s approval rating is 53 percent, up 9 percentage points in four months. Matched up against his Republican opponents, he leads Mitt Romney by 10 points (53-43) and Rick Santorum by 11 (53-42). Even against a generic, unnamed Republican untarnished by attacks, Obama is up 5 percentage points. In November, he was tied.
Despite his improved standing, Obama remains under water on the three issues most important to voters: 51 percent disapprove of his handling of the economy, 50 percent on jobs and 59 percent on government spending and the budget deficit.
But even among voters who name jobs and the economy as the issue they’re most concerned about, Obama leads his would-be Republican rivals.
Democrats say they are more likely to vote for him now than they did last year, and he maintains a huge reserve of goodwill: Three-quarters of Americans continue to like the president personally — 59 percent strongly so.
Three quarters like him! Wow!
Hey Jovie, our old buddy Byron Tau has changed his headline on the Politico poll story. This morning he had ‘Obama inches up’, so I politely pointed out to him on Twitter that 9 pts in 4 months = very BIG inches.
His new headline?
POLITICO/GWU poll: Obama up 9 points since November
Way to go, Chips. Don’t let them get away with the dishonesty.
I’m sure others had a go at him too Proud, I can’t take much credit here! But it’s always good fun seeing these guys back down when they’ve been caught out being ridiculous.
Well I certainly retweeted you and I hope others did as well. He is a first class jerk of epic proportion. I am sooo glad you called him out on his obvious rightwing bias that what on full display with that ridiculous headline this morning.
It’s like he needs an adult minder to hold him by the hand and point out the glaringly obvious.
So true meta! He’s a one man comedy show.
He does listen to your comments. Keep up the pressure, it works!
The areas where people disapprove of the president are ones that he has been most successful in, which means we all have our work cut out for us in explaining to people one on one about what the president has done about the economy, jobs, and the deficit. These numbers are the sign of massive ignorance and once PBO gets out on the campaign trail and people start paying attention to him and all of us, that will change. There is no Republican on the planet who could have done what PBO did in these last three years. NONE. All of them would have lowered taxes on the rich, dropped all regulations and let the country go bankrupt without a qualm. They have absolutely no ideas. When someone says Romney is a business, he can fix the economy, I want to laugh at loud. The guy is clueless.
I’d venture to unapologetically say that no other Democrat in this time period could have nor would have achieved what he has either, simply because he is an energizer bunny. I see no one with the kind of ambition PBO has. Others have ambition, but his is of the altruistic type, derived from his humble and unselfish nature. His background played a hell of a lot to do with who he is as a conciliator and power broker. I was telling my son yesterday that for anyone who thinks things have not changed with PBO at the helm, they need not only read of his accomplishments, but more immediately telling is to just watch how the rethugs and emoprogs have all lost their damn minds. He has shaken up Washington, like he said he would.
Christie and Brewer sitting together chatting up a storm. UGH.
Gross. Bad visual. The pig and the witch.
bad for them–good for us. just in case anybody thought crusty was moderate.
From time to time I enjoy myself a little too much.
@politico My condolences on your new poll. Must be tough.— BWD (@theonlyadult) February 27, 2012
Wonderful tweet BWD, you just keep right on enjoying yourself! : ))
Exclusive pic of Byron Tau when he heard the Politico poll news:
Ahhh, give the little boy a biscuit.
Looks like that E Trade Commercial!
awwhhhh! somebody give that little snookum a hug and kiss. awwwhhh sweet baby!!! It’s alright.
Somebody get President Obama, the baby whisperer.
No, No, No, let those lying rascals over there at GOPolitico continue to cry.
I know right Sonjia? I can’t stand to see that baby cry.
When I saw your tweet earlier, it gave me a chuckle.
Sweet, BWD, so sweet.
Huh! Can’t get this very excellent tweet to retweet.
Another excellent essay by Deaniac at TPV!
USA – GOP harms our National Security, economy & You because of their Oil addiction. tinyurl.com/7xj46s2 The Alternative = #OBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 26, 2012
Yo – GOP – Please do put your guy Jeb on the ticket for November. Just do it. Watching #PresObama crush a Bush would bring joy to the world.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 27, 2012
USA – For 'special effects' the Oscar for 2012 goes to #PresObama & @MichelleObama for their seating @WH of woman-hater McDonnell, tonight.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 27, 2012
Yes We Must!
RT’D ALL..LOVE THE ‘JOY TO THE WORLD SCENARIO! HOPE YOU GOT MY MESSAGE FOR POSSIBLE SLOGAN…’BRINGING AMERICA’S VALUES…BACK HOME!’
Thank you Sue – didn’t receive your message but love the slogan!!
PAMELA SAID I SHOULD HAVE YOU TWEET IT OH…TWEETMASTER!…:)
Bob, your 2nd tweet is too funny! But, boy it would be doubly sweet.
you rock. thanks so much for the picture of FLOTUS in the full dress
GOT HIM ON CNN…TU CHIPS! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! YOU TELL IT PBO! GLAD I’M NOT THERE…I’D BE LACING CERTAIN SALADS WITH EX-LAX!
Jack omalley? LOL!
O’Malley has a son named Jack.
EXCELLENT.,..NOW THAT PBO HAS MADE MY DAY…HAVE TO GET SOME ERRANDS DONE! BLESSINGS ALL! BBL..:)
February 27, 2012 8:36 AM
Mitt Romney and the Popeye Defense
By Ed Kilgore
Earlier in the day on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked Romney how he’d respond to people who say he doesn’t “connect” with regular people, and played him a clip of his boast last week in Michigan that he owned four American cars, two of them Cadillacs. Here’s how Mitt responded:
You know, I can’t be perfect. I just am who I am….
If people think there’s something wrong with being successful in America, then they’d better vote for the other guy. Because I’ve been extraordinarily successful. And I want to use that success and that know-how to help the American people.
Frankly, the Popeye defense (“I am what I am and that all what I am,” the sailor man often said) isn’t a real good one for Mitt Romney, particularly when it is combined with claims that anyone wondering if a guy like him understands what it’s like to experience real economic insecurity.must either be an envious would-be looter or one of those class-warfare socialists. The loud-and-proud I’m-better-than-you posture is also a bit problematic for someone trying to become the presidential nominee of a party that relies heavily on the argument that Barack Obama is an out-of-touch elitist.
Dow just went over 13,000
I Blame President Obama !
He’s destroying business Linda, just destroying it. Oh well.
no, no–it’s only pbo’s fault when it goes down!
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in a Monday interview on CNN said the GOP White House hopefuls were “at war with Islam.” He made the comments on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien on CNN.
Durbin said, “And understand, just go back to history a little bit to 9/11, President George W. Bush, I sure had my differences with him, but I thought he got it right, and he stuck with it through his presidency. He said our war is not with the religion of Islam. Our war is with those who would distort it and turn it into terrorism. And I think that was a bright spot kind of a guiding principle. It was adopted by President Obama. Now, listen to these Republican candidates for president. They’re at war with Islam.”
CNN Contributor Will Cain counters, “Senator Durbin, I haven’t heard one thing that backs up what you suggest. Just give me an example, how are they at war with Islam?
Will Cain works for Glenn Beck on ” The Blaze “
Glen Beck, then he ain’t sh*t either just like G.Beck.
I didn’t know that Will Cain works for Glenn Beck. It figures. However, I’m glad that Sen. Durbin had a good example to illustrate his point. The repub. klown kar ceases to be amusing when it interferes with foreign policy and delicate situations.
Monday, February 27, 2012
GOP Stupidity? Bring It On.
Posted by Bon The Geek
Author Robert Creamer agrees with what I’ve been saying for a while: GOP stupidity has jumped the shark to such a degree that it is actually a benefit to Dems.
Mr. Creamer starts with the obvious birth control issue, which has by far done the most damage. Republicans generally play it safe and pick on minorities who don’t have the numbers to come together and make them pay at the polls for their ignorance. Now they’ve taken on an issue that affects women on a huge scale, and instead of backing away from the minefield they are charging right in. Further down in the article he covers a few smaller or less recent mistakes that are piling up. They are falling apart, and it’s starting to show. Choosing between Planned Parenthood and Forced Parenthood isn’t much of a contest.
Taking on half the country’s medical rights is stupid. It’s a texbook bad move. It’s right up there with a land war in Asia, or going against a Sicilian when death is on the line. It’s worse than messing around with Jim or saying “I’ll be right back” if you suspect a killer in a hockey mask is on the scene. Yet these fools are so proud of their righteousness that they are forgetting their job is to take care of Americans. All of them. And until they figure it out, they are doing more harm to their reputation than any mudslinging from the left could ever accomplish.
Goooood West Coast morning Chipsticks! and THANK YOU so much for the birthday greeting yesterday – it was simply lovely!!!!!!
Good West Coast morning TOD family – I had the best birthday yesterday EVAR!!!!!!
I love you all bunches & bunches
I think we had fun too!
Bless you Pamela
Ed Rendell on Now with Alex criticizing PBO for not pushing some bill on gun control. I am so sick of this bitter Clinton tool. He always — ALWAYS — has to find a way to bash the president. Ugh.
He was in the DC Madame’s phone book.
That is my theory…because she said that she had a high level person from PA as a client who also had a high level wife..then the day after he was out of office …his wife filed for divorce.
He is told to, if he wants to be on TV.
That’s another thing I hope to see in the second term: Some serious fight againt guns.
Ed is an ugly, bitter man. He is being paid to do this bashing and he doesn’t mind selling his soul for cash. The guys a phony through and through.
Proud – I saw that and was going to post it here on TOD twice and deleted my comment. Just because I didn’t want it to take on legs and start walking on it’s own.
I looked up and had to laugh out loud. My instinct was right.
Comment on HuffPuff…kind of funny
After losing MIchigan,
MittRomney will claim he never really liked that state,
and all their trees should be cut down.
Domestic Workers Congratulate Octavia Spencer for Oscar Win
The Help Actress Shines Light on Real Life Help With Award-Winning Performance
**Statement from National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo**
The National Domestic Workers Alliance congratulates actress Octavia Spencer on winning the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance as Minny, a domestic worker, in The Help…When women’s voices and stories are heard, anything is possible.”
AFL-CIO President Trumka: “Domestic Worker Rights Are Human Rights”
Veronica, a young domestic worker from Southern California, took her heart in her hands to speak to a barrage of television cameras and microphones, in a hearing room in the state Capitol building in Sacramento. She wasn’t afraid, though, she said, because she felt the strength of unions behind her.
Standing in front of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, she declared:
Today I know we have the support of the largest union in the country. I believe we can pass our bill of rights. Yes we can! ¡Si se puede!
Veronica was paid $350 – $400 a week to clean 34 houses, at little more than $10 per house. And for that wage, she had to clean everything.
Now with Alex getting ready to have Santorum’s press sec on — the blond woman who looks and spits out the ugly talking points like a zombie.
Alex Wagner models her show after Hardball, one day good next day bad!
God, this Stewart woman is such a liar.
I have a self-imposed rule that works well for me: the first cable “news” show I watch (Tivo it) is Martin Bashir. Also try to catch Rev. Al. and Rachel. Ed and LOD are hit or miss.
I do get “Current” and maybe I should be more diligent in supporting J. Granholm?
I really need to adopt that rule and start skipping MSNBC in the morning. I notice Alex isn’t discussing the new poll showing PBO at 53% approval and crushing Romney and Santorum.
Thanks for getting my point, Proud of Obama. Even though the shows I watch are more “partisan”, at least they’re not mind numbing inane.
Granholm is well worth watching and she gets better and more comfortable all the time.
I think we should support progressive media wherever we can. Of course, I draw the line at Cenk, and I never watch Scarborough but I’ll even click on Keith once in awhile. And Bill Maher, although they can infuriate me no end. I just think we have to show that there’s an audience for alternatives to Fox and Fox-lite like CNN. Give Granholm a try.
Oh my did I write THAT wrong. No, I have not gone delusional and think that Scarborough is progressive!
Or maybe I’m just getting senile…….
You guys enjoy Alex. Newt’s older daughters were on the View, and as soon as I could reach the remote control, I turn it.
More sad news that one student was killed, 4 injured, in the school shooting today in Ohio. I am listening to Alex Wagner reporting that gun laws were relaxed by Gov Kasich and Repubs, passed conceal/carry—-no registration required, guns allowed in bars or anywhere alcohol is served. This is just absurd. And Rendell is right when he says our politicians are terrorized by the NRA when 80%+ of the public wants increased gun control laws. It’s out of control in this country. It’s where you wonder or worry that anyone you unintentionally make mad—-wherever–some nutjob may pull a gun, to say nothing of all the teenagers shooting at each other daily in some communities. Guns everywhere—–some troubled kid picks one up at home and takes it out on his fellow students at school. Bar patrons or kids used to “duke it out” out back or on the playground which was bad enough but at least no one ended up dead. I got in trouble in high school for bringing cinnamon toothpicks to school. This issue just burns me up, the availability of guns to anyone/everyone, no matter their mental stability or maturity or anything. It’s uncivilized.
Right on, dotster: God Bless the NRA and their extremist (mainly repubican) supporters. They have made it damn near impossible for a rational discussion, yet alone a reasonable gun control policy. They have frightened too many Americans, already ginned up of fear of government. So their answer is more and more deadly arms for all people in all places.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
The Message Pitch
Posted by Zandar
For all the readers out there who like to complain that Barack Obama is a tool of the wealthy, congratulations! The American Future Fund is spending $4 million in SuperPAC ads in nine swing states this month to push that exact message to help the Republicans.
The AFF offensive highlights Obama’s claim – in a 2009 interview – that he didn’t “run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers.” The conservative group points out in its new ad that the Obama administration has included a lineup of veterans of the financial services industry, including White House chiefs of staff Rahm Emanuel, Bill Daley and Jack Lew.
“His White House is full of Wall Street executives,” the spot says. “Now, Obama’s flush with cash, returning to Wall Street for more glitzy fundraisers … Obama won’t admit to supporting Wall Street, but Wall Street sure supports President Obama.”
The AFF television ads will run on cable in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. That’s real money going onto the airwaves in real states from a group that spent heavily in the 2010 midterms, but which has yet to fully ramp up for the 2012 general election.
“Barack Obama is a tool of the wealthy, congratulations! The American Future Fund is spending $4 million in SuperPAC ads in nine swing states this month to push that exact message to help the Republicans.”
Downside is that his policies says otherwise.
Who is behind The American Future Fund superPac? I think it would be helpful to run ads exposing/educating who and why these ads are running.
Goes to credibility…or more likely the lack of it.
That ad won’t work…..Americans want jobs…they don’t care about that other stuff.
I don’t understand how this kind of ad can help Republicans. What are they saying, PBO is the tool of Wall Street and they are not, when they’re the ones that want WS millionaires to get away tax and regulation free. That kind of message about the president should get a big “huh? from everyone.
It’s to insulate the GOP from future attacks, along those lines!
I’m not sure that will be very effective – not with all the Citizen United money floating around
Changing a Narrative
I have come to understand now that we are using ineffective terminology for what is going on with the Voter ID laws in many states. We’ve been calling it Voter Suppression. I read an blog post yesterday that uses a far more effective term that is more easy to relate to by everyday people and underscores a sense of denial of rights. The author called these laws Anti-Voter.
We’ve learned that people more closely identify with the term voter than the term voting. This is why we ask them, during GOTV calls, to be voters rather than asking them to vote. Being a voter is personal. A Bill or Law being Anti-Voter is also personal. People feel a sense of being deprived of a right when they read or hear the term Anti-Voter. Voter Suppression doesn’t resonate.
I’d like to see all of us begin to adopt this new term: Anti-Voter when referring to Bills or Laws.
Makes sense to me.
I can see why “Anti-Voter” is more effective than “Voter Suppression”. Too often, we on the left choose a more cerebral framing over a visceral one…to our detriment.
Thanks for this comment, Tien Le, going forward I will adopt “anti-voter” when discussing the subject.
Thank you! I agree, we go for the technical terms rather than the emotional term. Good point.
it is very emotional if you are the whose voice has been silenced…..and for those who are fighting voter suppression..it is heartfelt because of the shades of Jim Crow…..
Good point, Tien le.
Hi Chips, I’m an ardent supporter of President Obama. I’ve tried to post twice but it gets held up in pending. And I might add I was “first” twice but did not get the credit!! I’ve been a “lurker” for quite some time. I love this site and I’ve recommended it to my friends.
Welcome Allison!!! Hope, our inspiring leader, Ms, Chipsticks,, welcomes you with the pic of “wet Obama”. or your yet undeclared favorite. So glad you are recommending this site because it encompasses both community and knowledge. It’s absolutely unparallelled.
Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren, and contraception
By Steve Benen – Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:32 AM EST.
It seems hard to believe that in 2012, access to contraception would be the issue driving a U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts, but here we are.
Late last week, incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R) and his main challenger, Elizabeth Warren (D), had competing op-eds on the policy dispute in the Boston Globe. Brown, who has struggled badly to understand the basics of the controversy, continues to be deeply confused.
Most notably, Brown believes he has a trump card to play: his approach is the same as Ted Kennedy’s. The Republican senator’s op-ed said he simply wants an exemption based on “moral and religious convictions.” Brown wrote, “My predecessor, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, believed just as I do.” A new Brown campaign radio ad is pushing the same line.
The problem, of course, is that the talking point is simply not true.
Patrick Kennedy has asked Brown to stop using his father in ads.
First Lady and Dr. Biden Urge Action from State Governors on Military Spouse Hiring
Less than two weeks ago, the First Lady and Dr. Biden joined the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all of the Joint Chiefs in rolling out a new report on state licensing.
This is an enormous issue for military spouses throughout this country. There are more than 100,000 military spouses who serve in the dozens of professions that require a state license or credential – teachers, nurses, childcare providers, dental hygienists, real estate brokers, speech pathologists and many other professionals. Each move to a new state can mean different credentialing or licensing standards – a process that can sometimes take months to resolve.
As part of their address to military families and Pentagon leadership, the First Lady and Dr. Biden announced an ambitious goal: for 50 states to pass legislation that supports military spouse license portability by 2014.
To date, 12 states have passed legislation supporting spouse license portability. More states are lining up – in just the last two weeks – Kansas passed legislation supporting spouse licensing on Valentine’s Day – and California (the state with the largest military spouse population), Wyoming, Louisiana and Illinois have introduced legislation that supports military spouse licensing.
Today’s discussion with state leaders and their spouses builds on this momentum…
As a retired teacher moving with my late husband when he was in the military to OR, WA, CA, IL, and MA and each time having to go through getting new teaching credentials I know how much of a help this would actually help. Good move!!!!
I work for Uncle Sam, and I’m proud of it
By Jason Ullner, Published: February 26
The author is a career Foreign Service Officer who has served in Tel Aviv, Baghdad and Washington. The views expressed here are his own and not necessarily those of the State Department or the U.S. government.
I am a federal bureaucrat. A professional government employee. And guess what? I’m damn proud of it.
It seems that all I hear these days are the once and future leaders of our country tripping over themselves to denigrate the work we do. I’m tired of it, and I’m fed up. I don’t claim to represent anyone other than myself, but I would bet that a fair number of federal employees feel as I do. We are lawyers, doctors, PhD students, economists, writers, electricians, construction workers, security officers and technology specialists. We are not a drain on the national economy; rather, we are a primary reason why the United States remains as great as it is.
Like many federal workers, I have sacrificed: a high-paying job in the private sector; a year of my life (and the first six months of my daughter’s life) spent in Iraq; long hours; high stress; pay freezes. I’m not complaining; in fact, I quite enjoy my career and my life in the Foreign Service. Yet when I hear our politicians talking about “fixing” Washington, I often wonder to myself: whom would they like to “fix?” Is it the guy I see on the Metro every day, heading to work at the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that our food is safe? Is it the woman going into Commerce Department headquarters to support U.S. companies abroad? Or do they mean the thousands of people who support our troops overseas? How about my fellow Foreign Service officers, who put themselves in harm’s way in Baghdad, Kabul, Damascus and hundreds of other places around the world?
Former senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) has changed his mind and plans to run for the open Senate seat in Nebraska, according to a senior Democratic aide.
The aide said Kerrey has called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to inform him of his plans.
BK is not one of my favorites, but I think this is a good thing. For starters the GOP will now have to spend some money to p/u this seat. The Dems also need to have some rising stars in training to run for these open seats so they don’t have to keep recycling the same old-people. And how about a little diversity while we doing this?…no AA in the Senate is very sad to say the least…
Be so cool if he won..he’s got to be more for the people than Ben Nelson.
Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 02/27/2012
The right is losing the argument over Wall Street
By Greg Sargent
The American Future Fund, a well-funded Republican independent expenditure group, is up with a $4 million ad campaign in nine states that is designed to undermine President Obama’s populist message.
How? By attacking him as a stooge of Wall Street, pointing out that he supported the financial industry bailout and has staffed his inner circle with Wall Streeters — a seemingly atypical argument from a GOP group
Jonathan Chait points out the chutzpah on display here, noting that Mitt Romney’s Super PAC and campaign are heavily funded by Wall Street, that Wall Street types are furious with Obama for all his mean and nasty rhetoric towards them, that Obama passed Wall Street reform, which is hated by the industry, and that Romney has pledged to repeal it, in keeping with Wall Street’s wishes. As Chait notes, given all these facts, it’s amusing that the new Republican message is: “Obama is soft on financial crime.”
Geithner NEVER worked at Goldman Sachs.
A 4 mil. ad buy in 9 swing states is no sneeze (thanks Citizens United), still I think it’s a hard sell when they’ve consistently painted PBO as anti- financial sector business. They can’t have it both ways and their bogus claim just doesn’t pass the smell test.
Typical rethuglican deflecting tactic. Accuse your opponent falsely what you yourself are engaged in.
A million recs, amk.
BTW, are you home and how do you deal with jet lag? I have this wonderful pic. of my mom asleep (mouth open) on a bench at the Pompidou (sp) Museum in Paris which I captioned with her own words: “I don’t believe in jet lag”.
Hi pb. I’m back home. I normally sleep well during long plane rides. Then 2 -3 hours nap on arrival at destination. Have been doing it for years now.
Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 02/27/2012
The Morning Plum: Will auto-bailout stance dog Romney beyond Michigan?
By Greg Sargent
Can Mitt Romney’s opposition to the auto-bailout be used effectively against him in states other than Michigan — ones that could be decisive in November?
Here’s a test case: A major union is wading into the GOP primary in Ohio — where voting is set to take place on March 6th — a state that has a significant auto industry presence and is expected to host a far tougher general election battle than in Michigan, where Obama holds a big lead over Romney in polls.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is going up with this tough new ad in Ohio that uses Romney’s rejection of the auto-bailout to make a broader case against Romney’s priorities and approach to capitalism:
“Romney would have turned his back on us — in the depths of the recession,” the ad says. “But he supported giving the banks billions in bailouts? That’s Mitt’s world. Why would we want to live in it?”
Good morning folks!
Before I catch up on all the goodies, I have a new post up at TPV. It’s my hopefully successful attempt at a photo diary. You can find it here: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/in-gop-america.html#comments. Take a gander when you have the chance.
Actually, here: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/in-gop-america.html
Great post LL. I went back, read and re-read all your older posts. They’re all freaking fantastic. Thank goodness you’re on our side lest your rapier wit slice us up into pieces.
A memory I have is of my mom and dad being very upset when Carter lost to Reagan. Now, mind you, we’re Cuban, and 90% of Cubans voted for Reagan. So I knew we were a somewhat different family. I honestly don’t remember EVER flirting with conservatism. It’s just not in my nature or upbringing.
Hahaha. There is a God after all. In your honor LL.
Need a reason to vote #Obama2012. Take a gander at the U.S. of A under a GOP admin. via Liberal Librarian. thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/in-gop…— (@utaustinliberal) February 27, 2012
Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/27/2012
Will `Obamacare’ be a big liability in November? Don’t bet on it.
By Jonathan Bernstein
Will the Affordable Care Act hurt Barack Obama in November? Republicans today are gleefully circulating a new article by Susan Page that makes this case based on a new USA Today/Gallup poll, which finds that a majority of registered swing state voters thinks passage of health reform was a “bad idea” and that it should be repealed.
But I think it’s wrong to conclude from this that “Obamacare” will damage Obama in November. This conclusion misses the way that issues generally work in presidential elections.
The first point Page makes is the weakest: that ACA is responsible for “uniting Republicans in opposition” to Obama. In fact, it works the other way around. If Republicans are united against Obama’s various programs, including health care reform, it’s because they are already united against Obama. There’s never been any real question about whether Republicans would be unified against Obama this fall — no matter what he did or does.
Thanks for this rikyrah. There was another good article by Ezra Klein who also cautioned the GOP against licking their chops about ACA. He pointed to its cousin; Romneycare and how beneficial it’s been for the residents of MA and since ACA is a replica of Romneycare all roads lead to it heading in the same trajectory.
Pennsylvania voters say Santorum is too extreme, can’t beat Obama
Rick Santorum may be a mystery, a bit of an anomaly, to most American voters, but Pennsylvanians have known him a long time. And six years ago they overwhelmingly chose to sever ties.
Now Santorum has re-emerged as a serious contender in the Republican presidential primary, and Pennsylvania voters have mixed feelings about his return. At best, most find him honest about his beliefs. At worst, half say those beliefs are too extreme for the presidency.
Just 13% feel strongly that Santorum could beat President Obama in the general election, compared with 45% who feel strongly that he cannot, according to a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll of Pennsylvania voters.
Muhlenberg could have saved the money. I could have told them Little Ricky was too extreme for any state that’s not solid red. Not only are his views way, way to the right of the mainstream, he’s also deeply dishonest, corrupt, thin-skinned and mean-spirited. To know him is to loathe him.
This morning Obama called on all Governors to invest more in education. That's exactly what we're doing in MD w/ a record $5B investment.— Martin O'Malley (@GovernorOMalley) February 27, 2012
Unfortunately, those dangerous, apathetic, , and TeaGOP Governors don’t give a d**n about that unless it’s private. (PRIVATIZATION…PROFITS OVER PEOPLE…Grrr! ):
Dumbing Us Down: The GOP’s Assault on Higher Education politicususa.com/en/dumbing-us-… #p2 #P2b #topprog #connectthetheleft— Jason Easley (@politicususa) February 26, 2012
That’s why, by any means necessary, they have to be “CALLED OUT” for their corruption/sedition/treason, REPEALED, if applicable, and/or VOTED OUT…. (Walker, Perry, Scott, Synder, Kasich, Daniels, Brewer, Bentley, and Deal are prime examples! Walker, Perry, Scott, and Kasich think they’re “above the law.” By the way, SCOTUS think that way, too!)
Georgia Attempts To Restart The Civil War With Bill To Nullify Federal Laws politicususa.com/en/georgia-res… #p2 #p2b #topprog— Jason Easley (@politicususa) February 26, 2012
YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
WE CAN’T WAIT/WE CAN’T GO BACK…So, LET’S STAY/REBUILD TOGETHER 2012!
Our FL is just so beautiful!
Is Jan Brewery in the room.?
Yes she was. She sat next to Christie (NJ Gov.)
Thanks CTGirl. She’s effortlessly stunning.
CTGirl, I agree FLOTUS is just beautiful.
Jon Bernstein does a demolition job on big USA Today/Gallup poll predicting "Obamacare" huge liability: wapo.st/xGXDqE— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 27, 2012
Hello #TOD family..!!
Romney mocks NASCAR fans wearing ponchos: "I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks" thkpr.gs/wPy0Hw— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) February 27, 2012
Hahahahahaha. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to spend money proving ourself against these band of morons. Just let them have free rein with the english language.
but was he really mocking them or did he think of it as a compliment?
I would lean toward him thinking it was complimentary. Kind of like him singing who let the dogs out when posed with the group of AAs.
We Told You They Would Hate It
Mon Feb 27th, 2012 at 10:11:27 AM EST
Remember when Atrios and I used to write over and over again that a mandate requiring people to buy health insurance from private, for-profit, and hated insurance corporations would be massively unpopular? Chalk another one up for the Dirty Hippies:
Voters in swing states stand overwhelmingly on one side of the debate: Three of four voters, including a majority of Democrats and of liberals, say the law is unconstitutional. That reaction is almost instinctual, says Stuart Altman, a professor of national health policy at Brandeis University who has joined two briefs supporting the law. “People say, ‘The government should not mandate that I have to do anything.’ ”
He faults the Obama team for not responding effectively enough to what he calls a “torrent” of opposition and misinformation. “You have this drumbeat of negative comments and almost no positive,” he says. “You’re relying on the president to do the selling, and he’s moved on to other things. The congressional people on the Democratic side are not supporting it. They’re either being very quiet or running away from it themselves because they’re afraid of getting tarnished.”
I have a hard time believing that the Presidential Election will hinge on the misunderstood ACA or one of its components, the individual mandate.
Santorum walks back his ” I want to throw up ” comment……( but hits a foul ball in my opinion )
“I’m for separation of church and state,” he said on Monday. “The state has no business telling the church what to do.”
Santorum is a lying phony.
But didn’t he specifically say in that odious interview that he thought the church SHOULD tell the government what to do? It wasn’t quite that strong, but it was damned close. He didn’t walk that back, did he.
What’s Your Name? Who’s Your Daddy?
Mon Feb 27th, 2012 at 01:10:05 PM EST
Mitt Romney (rapper name: R Money) doesn’t understand why people are hating on his bling-bling. It worked for Notorious B.I.G. back when gangsta rap learned to serve its masters. I mean, how is the following any different from R Money’s rap?
You wanna be my main squeeze baby
Don’tcha, you wanna gimme what I need baby
Won’tcha, picture life as my wife just think
Full length mink, fat X and O links
Bracelets to match, conversation was all that
Showed you the safe combinations and all that
Guess you could say youse the one I trusted
Who would ever think that you would spread like mustard?
For you older folks, “Be thankful for what you’ve got, though you may not drive two great big Cadillacs, diamonds in the back, dog on top, diggin the scene with the gasoline…”
This is America. A man’s got a right to flaunt his money and his connections. You, too, can be R Money’s bitch.
When Romney tells us that corporations are people, that’s code for this:
Romney could be selling us the American Dream. He could be giving us Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. Just like the record executives took gangsta rap from its original focus on drugs, poverty, and police brutality and turned it into hoes, clothes, and gold bling, Romney could promise to make us all rich. Lord knows he’s as packaged as any beer or boner advertisement. We’re all primed for the “greed is good” message. We hear it a hundred times a day.
This is America. It’s not that R Money has a losing message. He just can’t rap.
Walker: The Recall Costs Money — Think Of The Children And Seniors
Eric Kleefeld- February 27, 2012, 10:03 AM
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) appeared Monday on Morning Joe, discussing the upcoming recall election against him by the state Democrats and organized labor. And among other things, he said, the recall is only hurting children and seniors — by costing money.
MSNBC’s Willie Geist asked Walker: “You find yourself in the middle of this, mired in a recall election. The latest Marquette poll has you 47 approve, 47 percent disapproves, split right down the middle in the state of Wisconsin. This could be a long fight for you — a special election scheduled to take place in June, a primary in May. How distracted are you from doing the business of Wisconsin by trying to essentially win re-election in the middle of your term?” (Note: The May and June dates are not yet officially declared by state election officials, but are the likely outcome of the administrative process.)
“Well, we’re focused,” Walker responded, “but it’s a huge distraction, not just for me, for the legislature. I mean, it’s $9 million of taxpayers’ money just to run this. Think about the number of kids we could help, think of the number of seniors we could help in our state with $9 million that we didn’t have to waste on this — this frivolous recall election.
Oh, Boo,double hoo. Poor little Scott. Everything in him cries out to help the poor and those pesky Democrats are keeping him from it.
Like this joker even considered the children and seniors when he went after collective bargaining.
And wasn’t he for recalls before he was against them, like a few years ago?
Maybe Walker should just voluntarily step down due to the cost to the kids and seniors if that is what he cares about!!!!
watched Susan Rice on Andrea Mitchell reports….MsRice is a badddddd mamma jamma…
I LOVE SUSAN RICE…SHE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS AND YOU CAN’T PUT ANYTHING OVER ON HER!
It was vital for President Obama to apologize for the burning of the Quran by American soldiers. What they did was disrespectful and completely wrong.
Brit, I can’t and I refuse to try to understand these right wing radical crazy nuts, the President did what was needed. The GOP is trying to play politics as usual.
Random. I HATE CNN! They sensationalize everything itty bitty thing.
Michelle Obama & Jill Biden speak to nation's governors on military spouses youtu.be/__4OAYsPYHs— (@KnowYourObama) February 27, 2012
FLOTUS is really a beautiful intelligent, compassionate lady. This photo from last night really captures the beautiful dress worn by her last night.
FLOTUS looks so lovely.
Happy Monday! Home for lunch and found this of news!!
RUSH LIMBAUGH: AMERICA’S LEAST FAVORITE NEWS PERSONALITY | A new Harris Poll out today finds that conservative shock jock Rush Limbaugh is America’s “least favorite” news personality, with 46 percent of respondents picking him for the dubious honor. Runners-up Bill O’Reilly and Nancy Grace come in a distant second and third, at 31 percent and 23 percent, respectively. But more interestingly, Limbaugh is universally disliked. He is the only person whom Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike chose as among their top three their least favorite people. (HT: Dylan Byers)
MSNBC is pushing the Gallup poll.
of course they are…I am already picturing Tweety in full spittle mode later today!
got home finally—in time to see Martin and saw that other guy and that bullshit poll. I fricking hate MSNBFOX!
MSNBC, CNN, and all the others will push the poll which shows a close race. They want it to be close. They don’t want any poll which shows POTUS with a big lead. So they stick with the poll which has POTUS trailing or just barely ahead.
27, 2012 2:54 PM
Fuel for the Pauline Conspiracy Theory
By Ed Kilgore
There’s been a lot of talk—dating back at least to the Iowa Caucus stretch-run—that Ron Paul is doing his devious best to help Mitt Romney destroy his other GOP opponents. There is no question Paul spent a fair amount of money in Iowa helping Mitt demolish Newt Gingrich, though the fact that Paul was chasing Gingrich in the polls in that state made the tactic entirely unmysterious. It’s a bit less obvious why the Paul campaign seems to be doing the same number on Rick Santorum right now.
In any event, Judd Legum of Think Progress has documented an even more thorough-going Mittophilia in Paul’s approach to the GOP candidate debates, in which the ratio of attacks on everybody-but-Mitt and Mitt is a nice round 39-0.
Theories as to why Paul would want to help the most conventional of his opponents range from the pedestrian (it’s the shortest and easiest route for Paul to maintain first-tier candidate status, given Romney’s superior money and Establishment support) to the patriarchal (Ron wants to give Rand a shot at second-place on a ticket with Romney, or at least a seat-at-the-table in a Romney administration). But whatever the rationale, it is pretty clear Ron Paul is not interested in launching Rebel Alliance missiles at the Death Star.
But I thought he was for FREEDOM and personal responsibility. Nepotism’s fine as long as it’s your kid, huh?
The stench of hypocrisy………
Oh my effing God: I’m adding Chris Hayes to my ‘never watch’ list:
I hope MSNBC has him apologize on the air or fire him, this is very disrespectful IMO
and I am sure MSNBC wouldn’t tolerate a comment like that against President Bush or
the Bush administration. This what happens when professional pundits are given shows, to pass their opinions off in a news-format
i ain’t watching. what happened?
The White House backed TransCanada Corp.’s bid to build a major portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Monday, a move that could shield President Obama from growing GOP attacks over the project.
Obama’s support for the southern portion of the pipeline gave the White House another chance to blunt GOP attacks by touting support for U.S. oil development. But it quickly re-opened a rift with the president’s environmental base, which condemned the project.
The news as reported in Canada
President Obama truly knows what he is doing: is quote from the article
Bill McKibben, the environmental activist who led high-profile protests against Keystone XL said the Gulf Coast project won’t bring more oilsands crude into the United States, a major concern amongst pipeline critics who say that type of oil is dirtier than other sources.
Notice the differences in how the American media presents the information compared to the Canadian media. The American media is hostile to this President and rooting for his failure because they are in the pockets of the same corporations that run the Republican party.
thanks for this Andy46
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Monday that the violence in Afghanistan this past week does not change the timeline under which U.S. forces plan to hand over security operations to the Afghans.
Rice said on MSNBC Monday the deaths of four U.S. troops that have occurred amid violence stemming from the burnings of Qurans at a U.S. airbase cannot “lead us to prematurely curtail a vital mission that’s essential to our national security.”
“The reality is that we have a mission that has to be accomplished, we have an agreed timetable and enormous progress that has been made in terms of training, equipping and bringing up to capacity the Afghan Security Forces,” Rice said.
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