149 Responses to “today at gallup”


  1. February 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Sounds about right for gallup! Lol.

    • 2 GGail
      February 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Congratulations Sam!!!!!

      • February 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        Thanks GGail, I can’t believe I am first! Been away from here for a while, only been able to pop in and out and I am first!!!!! That IS a first for me!!

        Wish I could spend more time here but it seems like everyone needs my help right now with mom’s hip op, dad’s heart trouble and my son changing schools next week (unresolved issues at present school).

        I love the pic of steam coming out of PBO’s ears, I am sure there are many days that he feels like that with those educationally subnormal cretins from the GOP and the lame media. I am in awe of his calm and reassuring character, oh how I would like to be half as patient and pragmatic as he is.

    • February 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Winner!!

      Hiya Sam ;-)

      • February 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        Hi Chips, LOVE this picture, they look so happy and so in love. Thank you! What a beautiful couple on such a historic day. It was a pic like this that was on the cover of either “hello” or “ok” magazine just after inauguration and in our local supermarket I got into a conversation with an elderly lady who was just as smitten with the Obama’s as I am. She said that she never thought this day would come and was so inspired by him and his story. I often wonder whether she still feels the same way now.I know I love him more now than I did then and he inspires me more now too. In fact he has made me want to be a better mom to my son, wife to my husband and daughter to my parents. I have a way to go to live up to his example but I try and it is thanks to this incredible man!!

        • 7 TrumpDog
          February 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

          I know I love him more now than I did then and he inspires me more now too.

          I feel the exact same way.
          Never ever felt the way I do about a president that I do for Obama.

          • 8 anniebella
            February 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

            Look at POTUS grin or smile in that picture, it’s worth a million bucks. POTUS and FLOTUS looks wonderful. :)

  2. 9 GGail
    February 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Whooo Hooooo, I’m in the top 10 :-)

  3. February 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I yearn for the day when we can line pundits and pollsters up against a wall… and then march them off to a boat where they’ll be taken to their own adequately appointed island to opine on whatever gets their yayas going.

  4. 14 overseasgranny
    February 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Love the steam coming out of PBO’s ears!

  5. 16 Barb
    February 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I’ll agree and now back to the gallup poll

  6. 17 Cheryllou
    February 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I bring this from the previous tread
    ThinkProgress‏@thinkprogressReply
    Retweet

    Romney 4PM on the Blunt bill: “I’m not for the bill.” 5PM: “Governor Romney supports the Blunt bill” http://sfy.co/dgJ

  7. 26 GGail
    February 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Chipsticks – this Gallup thingy is scary

  8. 27 collegekay
    February 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    God, this is so perfect and hilarious. Chips I love you :D

    • February 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      But Collegekay, it’s not a whole lot different to an average day at Gallup :roll:

      How are ya doing?

      • 29 collegekay
        February 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

        Lol, I am swamped. My 30+ page take home midterm is due Friday for my Sociology of Poverty class. :(

        I’m like 55% done.

        • February 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm

          Hey, speaking as a last-minuter, 55% sounds a bit excellent to me! Best of luck with it Collegekay.

        • 31 57andFemale
          February 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

          Plenty of time!

        • 32 Tally
          February 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

          Make it 22 pages and tell them we’re in a recession. Seriously. Write that into it. I did that once – said all I wanted/needed to say, worked that into the theme of the paper that I was purposely NOT writing the required number of pages, because to do so would go against the point of the paper.

          I got a giant A+++ and the Prof used mine as a great example…. blah blah something……
          :D

  9. 35 Lorraine
    February 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Perfect analysis of GOPallup

  10. 36 Bill R.
    February 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Gallup is truly a farce. Undoubtedly after calling health care a downer for the president they will say that killing Bin Laden or getting North Korea to stop their nukes is really hurting him. Gallup is no longer a polling organization, they are a propaganda branch of the GOP.

  11. 37 yardarm756
    February 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Gallop sucks.

  12. 42 Obamaperson
    February 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    The Star Advertiser in Honolulu had a front page story that Obama is against earmarks and that will be hard on Hawaii. It would not surprise me if there were people scared by that story. Our island economy is pretty fragile in many ways.

  13. February 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Best. Post. Ever. (OK, at least until the next one). You are way too good, Chip. Way too good. I can’t stop laughing.

  14. 49 Carolyn
    February 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    That would do credit to The Onion…..in fact I thought it was.

  15. 51 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Russ Feingold on Hardball: a noun a verb, “As I say in my book “While the Country Sleeps”………

    Oh, and Obama shouldn’t take superPac money because everyone now knows him and knows he’s doing a good job.

    By all means, let the lies just go out there from the Koch brothers………

    “Oh, and vote for President Obama. He’s doing a good job.”

    Gee thanks for that rousing endorsement, National Chairman Feingold.

    • 52 Lorraine
      February 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      I thought he did a great job. Of course the co-author of the campaign finance law has to stick to his meme. He really did stick up for President Obama about Willard’s crazy talk about Iran getting a nuclear weapon. I think his book ties into President Obama keeping us safe’ while the Country sleeps, its Commander in Chief protects the Nation.

    • 53 lisalovesobama
      February 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      saw that. could you believe that cretin? he never ceases to amaze me. :roll:

    • 54 TrumpDog
      February 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      He was singing that same fucking tune on the Stephanie Miller Show this morning.
      I had to turn the station. I can’t stand Feingold.

  16. February 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I used to respect the results of the Gallup organization, but with so many outliers they are now rivaling Rasmussen for being propaganda tools. How can any informed sane person take them seriously?

    Good job on this satire, but these types of results from various anti-Obama organizations are becoming more like these results in actuality each day.

    They (the anti-Obama forces) ARE becoming more AND more DESPERATE and HATEFUL each passing moment.

    • 56 Lorraine
      February 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Me too, until I saw that guy on CNBC with his crazy talk about President Obama’s numbers and the unemployment rate. I knew he had been drinking that morning when the right wing guy was speechless; he didn’t even agree with him.

    • 57 Beauzeaux
      February 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Sometimes I think people just like fcking with the poll takers. There are too many wide swings in a matter of days and without any perceptable reason.

      Pay no attention — whatever result you see today will be different tomorrow.

  17. February 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    OK, so I’ve done a bit more research on the whole Wikileaks release of STRATFOR emails that indicates that Israel has already destroyed most if not all of Iran’s nuclear program.

    Yes, I latched on to it because I don’t want a war against Iran. But then I realized just who founded and heads STRATFOR: George Friedman. In an earlier decade, he was known as a “futurologist”. He’s written several books—the most recent being “The Next Hundred Years”, followed by the less ambitious “The Next Decade”. I tried reading “The Next Hundred Years” and couldn’t really stop laughing; I think I made it through two chapters, the last one being about how China would break apart into competing states—possible, but considering the depth of Chinese nationalism as China takes its place once again among the world’s leading powers, highly unlikely. This blog post clarified my thinking. Especially this part:

    As Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies has pointed out, a conservative estimate of the size of Iran’s presumed nuclear weapons program would count some 400 separate targets. Let’s put that in tactical context: A U.S. strike against that target set, Cordesman writes, “could easily require 800 to 1,000 sorties and cruise missile strikes.”

    We all know Israeli commandos are supermen; but even for them that’s a hell of a lot of commando actions to take.

    And, yes, the blog comes from a left of center viewpoint. Just not one that drinks the koolaid. (Which means I just added him to my bookmarks.)

    So, while I wish it were true that Israel already took out Iran’s nuclear capabilities, I think we can all agree that if it had done so the blowback from Iran would’ve already been felt. Pretty much, the only person standing between us and a catastrophic war is Barack Hussein Obama.

    You can read the blog post here: http://www.russellburgos.com/2012/02/herbal-tea-party-wikileaks-stratfor.html

    • 59 Tally
      February 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Mr Venetian/Newt-funder, is trying his best to BUY his way into a war with Iran.

    • 61 prettyfoot58
      February 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      LL…

      what do you see happening when Netanyahu visits…..

      • February 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        What I hope is that PBO lays down the law in no uncertain terms: You attack Iran, you do it alone, you’ll get no help from us. But I’m very fearful that even that even if he makes that threat that it won’t cow Netanyahu. I don’t think he’s a true believer in Eretz Yisrael; however, he is a true believer in power, getting it and keeping it. His coalition partners don’t care about the US or oil prices or any of that. Some of them do see Iran as an existential threat. And some of them are in service of the US right wing. Some are both. All of them see attacking Iran as a way to keep power in a country where it’s notoriously difficult to keep power. I feel like they think they have nothing left to lose. And that’s dangerous.

        • 63 prettyfoot58
          February 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

          Lord …have mercy on us all….another war in the region…a war that cannot be won…..

        • 65 nospin
          February 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

          “I’m very fearful that even that even if he makes that threat that it won’t cow Netanyahu.”

          My sense is PO already had the conversation informing Netanyahu that he would be on his own. The bigger point is that “cowing” Netanyahu is not relevant. So there is no reason to be fearful LL.

          One thing I have learned from PO is that only a willful idiot would try to force him into taking a position that he already told you to your face he was unwilling to take. So Netanyahu can do what he wants to do but he WILL be on his own and he knows it.

          • February 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

            Oh, I have no fear that PBO will take us into war in support of Israel. But the fact remains that if Israel does go ahead and attack, Iran will lash out at us, even if we told Israel it would be on its own.

            Of course, an Israeli attack would be one way to break the lockstep between us and them. People are sick of war, and definitely wouldn’t want a war with Iran.

            • 67 nospin
              February 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm

              You are more knowledgeable on this topic than I am but my gut tells me that it will not get that far under this President and here is why. President Obama understands oppression.

              That is why Netanyahu said this President isn’t like the other Presidents. And he is right. He can’t play PO because our President clearly understands the situation on both sides. So if Israel attacks they will be on their own and my sense is Iran and the Israeli people know it.

              I just did a google search and found this interesting article from Barak Ravid

              “A senior U.S. official who is involved in preparing Netanyahu’s visit to the United States – and who asked to remain anonymous – said intensive preparations are underway to guarantee the success of the meeting between Netanyahu and Obama and to bridge this lack of trust. According to sources, the lack of trust between Israeli and U.S. officials appears to stem from, among other things, a mutual feeling that the other country is interfering in its own internal political affairs. Netanyahu suspects that the U.S. administration is attempting to turn Israeli public opinion against an attack on Iran, say sources.

              Meanwhile, they say, the Obama administration suspects Netanyahu is using Congress and the Republican candidates in the presidential race to put pressure on Obama to support such a strike. The Obama administration’s suspicions concerning Netanyahu were further fueled after Netanyahu and his advisers briefed a group of senators and senior congressmen during the past two weeks on the Iranian issue, and asked them to pressure Obama on the matter.”

              http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/netanyahu-will-ask-obama-to-threaten-iran-strike-1.415428

              • February 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

                I hope you’re right, nospin. I have faith in PBO. I have no faith in the Israeli leadership and their enablers in the US right wing.

                Israel’s never been much concerned with international public opinion. However, an attack on Iran would leave it a pariah. The US and the West need to put as much distance from possible Israeli actions as they can.

    • February 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for that LL. I was more than a little puzzled by these claims that most or all of Iran’s nuclear program had been wiped out, so this is really interesting to read. It seems highly unlikely, after all.

      I haven’t the precise links handy now, but Robert Fisk in The (UK) Independent has been blistering on all of this recently, I don’t know if you read him. General link: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/

      He’s no friend of Israel (or PBO), but he’s excellent on what he sees as the deceit going on here, and the history of Israel ramping up the Iranian ‘threat’ when it suited politically. Netanyahu fans: avoid Fisk!

      • February 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        I like Fisk. I don’t like his anti-Obama stance, but he knows the Middle East—he’s lived there for the past 40 years, seen all its wars. I just wished he realized that PBO is pretty much the only standing in the way of a general conflagration. Hilary would’ve already sent the jets in.

        • February 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

          I went to a talk by him a few years ago – it was meant to last an hour, but went on for over three, and nobody really wanted it to end. His passion is almost frightening. He’s lived in Beirut for most of that time (not sure if he’s still based there), and really has an extraordinary and intimate knowledge of the region, he’s not just a reporter who drops in and out. You get a real feel for how the people of these countries feel from his reports, which is what I enjoy most about his writing. I’m tired of reading stuff that features only quotes from ‘Government spokesmen’.

          He loved PBO’s Cairo speech, but it was, for him, all downhill from there. Mind you, his feelings for PBO pale next to how he regards Hillary Clinton, good grief: he despises her.

          Any way, I take his politics with a pinch of salt, I think he’s hopelessly inconsistent, but I still think he’s essential reading on the Middle East.

  18. February 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Bill Clinton says we should embrace Keystone.

    That’s even going over Hillarys head!

  19. 81 desertflower
    February 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I got a chuckle :) Republicans like to call PBO ‘the food stamp President”….and even though their reasons behind it are faulty….look what happens to be the #1 driver of stimulus into the economy….oh, yeah, and those UI benefits they rail against.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/29/10541347-stimulus-101

  20. February 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I got these numbers From Gallup’s @SusanPage our latest national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll: R’s 27% and w/leaners 44%. D’s 25% and w/leaners 43%. (explains a lot)

  21. 84 jeff
    February 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Both Gallup and Rasmussen are republican leaning polls. Nothing they state is accurate or even remotely connected to what the mainstream is actually thinking/believing.

    • 85 jeff
      February 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      wanted to clarify once in a while they will come out with a poll that trends to what people actually believe but those are a farce to fool people into thinking it’s accurate.

    • February 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      But they can get away with it this far from the election!
      Notice, Gallup does no state polls, because then we could check their work, so to speak!

      • 87 jeff
        February 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        I’ve noticed that and I’ve also noticed how they do no governor or senator polls either. It’s as if they are focused solely on Obama and trying to make him look as bad as possible.

  22. 88 Barb
    February 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Just got this email……….IF anyone lives near KC they can see FLOTUS at the Jazz Museum

    Barbara —

    On Monday, March 5th, you’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from First Lady Michelle Obama herself.

    We’re holding a special reception near you in Kansas City.

    Think you can make it? Here are the details:

    What: Obama Victory Fund 2012 – Reception with the First Lady

    Where: American Jazz Museum
    1616 East 18th Street
    Kansas City, MO 64108

    When: Monday, March 5th
    11:30 a.m.

    We’re continuing to open new field offices and hire staff across the country — and how big we grow this movement depends on the support we have in the next few months. There’s a lot at stake this year for re-electing the President and helping Democrats up and down the ticket.

    So let’s keep up our momentum — and make sure we’re in the best position possible for the fight ahead:

    https://donate.barackobama.com/Reception-in-Kansas-City

    Thanks,

    Obama for America

    • 89 Barb
      February 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Tickets
      x $200.00 General Reception
      Per Person
      x $1,000.00 Reception
      Preferred Viewing
      x $2,500.00 Per Individual
      Includes Photo and General Reception
      x $10,000.00 Host
      Greet + Photo + General Reception

      Just thought I’d add this looking at the prices above . It is definitely RSVP They even knew my background, profession and were I worked.. Interesting.

  23. February 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Love this –

    Charles P. Pierce: The Board Of Governors Is Proud To Introduce …this year’s inductees into The International House Of Fail:

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/newt-gingrich-join-the-team-6987845

  24. February 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign says he does support an amendment that would overturn the White House’s controversial contraception mandate, following an interview in which Romney said he would not vote for the proposal.

    The Ohio News Network reported Wednesday that Romney had said he would not support Sen. Roy Blunt’s (R-Mo.) amendment, which is coming up in the Senate on Thursday. The measure would let employers opt out of healthcare mandates that violate their religious or moral beliefs, including the controversial contraception mandate.

    ONN correspondent Jim Heath tweeted, “Romney says ‘the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception…I’m not going there,’”
    Romney’s campaign quickly challenged the reporters’ interpretation.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/abortion/213431-report-romney-wouldnt-back-blunt-amendment-on-birth-control

    Gee whiz!

  25. February 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) chastised Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on Wednesday for delivering a floor speech in which she suggested the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) might have supported the pending amendment that would ensure employers that have a moral objection to contraception are able to refuse to provide it for their employees.

    “Stop invoking the name of a departed colleague,” she said. “Respect his memory. 

    “Ted Kennedy in one of his last acts here voted for the healthcare bill. He would never, ever support the Blunt amendment.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/213421-boxer-reproves-ayotte-for-invoking-memory-of-sen-kennedy-in-support-of-contraceptive-amendment-

    Oh Boy!

  26. February 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Facebook Expansion Powered by IBEW Electricians

    Nice video of how Facebook and the Unions are bringing jobs to NC

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/02/facebook-expansion-powered-by-ibew.html

  27. February 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Interesting tidbit on this Redskin- stemcell surgery-

    2011 stats: 48 tackles, 1.5 sacks
    Career stats: 383 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 4 interceptions
    In a word: strong. Landry has been bulking up, as he’s shown in personal photos posted to Twitter. But the worry is that the five-year pro may not properly heal after suffering from inflammation in his left Achilles’ tendon, limiting him to eight games in 2011. Instead of surgery, he opted for stem cell treatment on the tendon. A healthy Landry, who boasts a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash, could help any team.

  28. 104 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Fantastic poster, Ms Chips!!!

    #PRESSON

  29. 105 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Now, this is how you do it!!

    Please send Jim Messina some love, folks!!!

    #PRESSON

  30. 106 yardarm756
    February 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    This is a bit off message but I thought there might be some that would be interested in the content. I will attempt to tweet it.

    http://www.freewoodpost.com/2012/02/25/west-im-black-by-birth-not-by-choice/

  31. 119 Lorraine
    February 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Chips, you rock love; embarrass them with their so called truth maybe they will start telling the truth. The front page should be send to Gallop, I do mean Gallop, not Gallup.

  32. February 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Lil Ricky said Michigan was a “huge win” for him. Wha??? (Santorum supporters—-yikes)

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-pn-rick-santorum-huge-win-michigan-20120229,0,803778.story

    • February 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      “I don’t know if we will ever put a man on the moon but I do know Rick Santorum is the dumbest human being north of the Mason-Dixon line”

      – President Chester Alan Arthur
      June 3 1884

    • 124 utaustinliberal
      February 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Well it kind of was for him. Romney spent over $4.3M to beat Santorum and at the end of the day he and Santorum split 30 delegates down the middle. So yeah. It’s a loss for Romney and a win for Santorum. Not a huge win as he so loudly proclaims, but a win nonetheless.

  33. February 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Chips you must have read my mind,. Earlier today I emailed Steven Benen and Maddow about the latest Gaallup Poll

    @stevebenen @maddow it was refreshing to see Steve Schmidt tell @howardfineman take @galluppoll with a grain of salt.

    @stevebenen @maddow it’s no coincidence, like clock work @galluppoll puts out fav #s for Mitt every 2-3 days before every primary vote.

    • February 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Good on you bjw2, I’d love RM and/or SB to look in to what’s going on at Gallup, they’ve become a farcical polling company. I used to worry when I saw their figures for PBO, now I just laugh.

      • February 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        I about fell off my chair last night when Howard Fineman (He who talk to insiders), quoted Gallup on Romney’s behalf, and Steve Schmidt (Republican) abruptly adds, that he would take the Gallup Poll with a grain of salt.

  34. 129 Lorraine
    February 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    BAM!!!!!

    That’s gonna leave another mark! Flip floppy, flips a flop again.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/obama-camp-hits-romney-over-support-of-blunt

  35. 133 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Chips,

    This is a must see video!

    #PRESSON

    • February 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      They really do want to get crushed in November don’t they?

      • 135 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        February 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        I have never seen a political party commit suicide, but that’s what we are watching, daily.

        These folk are so encapsulated in their sphere of hate, bigotry, perverse disregard for women, and greed that they have no idea how isolated they are from most Americans.

        They’ve been that way for decades, but they always keep it wrapped in the flag & tucked inside the bible. Not any longer.

        They’d shout their deranged rhetoric from the roof tops if most of the broadcast media didn’t make it totally convenient for them to spew, non-stop.

        #LandslideOBAMA2012 …….. Let’s GET This DONE!

        • February 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm

          My brother is a lifelong Republican who shocked me by voting for President Obama. We talked today and he brought up the subject of the economy. He’s said he’s very excited and hopeful and believes things are really improving. He thinks the vast majority of Americans feel this in their gut.

    • February 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      LOVE this Bob, LOVE it!

      • 138 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        February 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

        Thought you might! :) Thank you.

        Here is Jim Messina’s letter to the #KochRoaches:

        Campaign Letter to Philip Ellender

        February 29, 2012

        Dear Mr. Ellender:

        I am writing in response to your letter, in which you portrayed the oil and gas executives you represent as average citizens trying to make their voices heard. Having built a campaign across the country from the ground up, one in which we encourage all Americans to engage in the political process, I believe that is an admirable goal.

        But it is a cynical stretch to describe the political activities of your employers as furthering democracy when they are courting huge checks from special interest donors to pay for negative ads, with no public disclosure of the identity of those donors.

        You argue that Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots organization of everyday citizens. But its emphasis on rolling back environmental protections and blocking a clean energy economy appears to be nothing more than an effort to promote the corporate interests of your employers and others who lavishly, and secretly, fund its operations.

        Moreover, the negative ads AFP has run have been challenged as false by independent fact checkers.

        The Los Angeles Times has reported that in 2010, Koch Industries and its employees marshaled hundreds of thousands of dollars behind the election of their Republican allies on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who have pursued their interests in Congress. In fact, nine of the 12 new Republicans on the committee signed AFP’s pledge to oppose President Obama’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gases.

        And now it’s been reported that your employers and those close to them intend to spend $200 million in an attempt to defeat the President. You note in your letter that Americans for Prosperity has tens of thousands of members and contributors from all walks of life across the country, suggesting that this is the source of AFP’s funding. There is one way to verify your point: disclose those donors for the public to make that judgment.

        What is known about the Kochs’ agenda and business practices would give most Americans pause. According to the Kansas City Star, Koch Industries has enriched itself by keeping oil off the market, storing it in offshore tankers and waiting to cash in when the cost of oil rises. The Koch brothers have also been vocal critics of the administration’s investments in clean energy alternatives. Our energy strategy cannot be set by what’s best for the pocketbooks of politically-connected oil and gas executives. It must be driven by what’s best for the American people, our economy, and our energy security.

        In your letter, you expressed the Kochs’ concerns about debt. We share your concern. That is why the President introduced a plan to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion and put us on a path to solvency. The Kochs must be concerned about the tax and budget plans the Republican candidates have proposed. Those plans would add trillions of dollars to the deficit by massively increasing defense spending to an arbitrary level, and extending and expanding unaffordable and unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

        There is no campaign in the country that believes more in the active participation of Americans in the electoral process than this one. When you attempt to drown out their voices through unlimited, secret contributions to pursue a special-interest agenda that conflicts with what’s best for our nation, you must expect some scrutiny of your actions.

        Sincerely,

        Jim Messina
        Campaign Manager
        Obama for America

        ————————————
        This Campaign is definitely not messing around!! And, it’s not quite March yet :D

        #PRESSON

        • 139 desertflower
          February 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

          TRUTH SLAM!! These little KOCKROACHES need to be brought out to the light of day! They will scurry like the damn parasites they are. Good for this administration and Jim Messina in particular. Not shrinking from this fight…bring it on!

    • 140 defytheodds
      February 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Don’t understand the GOP strategy unless they literally plan on stealing the election…Again!

      • 141 yardarm756
        February 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        They’re gonna try. They’re doin’ all sorts of voter suppression tactics, most of which will affect minority and first time college voters.

  36. 142 Jenny
    February 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    !!!!!

    C-SPAN-2 to cover tonight’s dinner honoring the military at 8:20 PM

    !!!!

  37. 145 Jenny
    February 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    White House dinner for Iraq Vets on C-SPAN 2 (on right now).

  38. 146 Jenny
    February 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    General Dempsey (who’s a singer) quips his wife says the President has a much better voice.

  39. February 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    State of play: President Obama will take his energy message on the road again Thursday with a speech in the swing state of New Hampshire, which he carried in 2008.

    The president will appear at Nashua Community College to “discuss his blueprint for an economy built to last with a focus on American energy,” according to the White House.

    It will be Obama’s second energy-themed speech in as many weeks.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/213439-overnight-energy

  40. February 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    PHOENIX — A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state’s 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets.

    U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that groups seeking to overturn the law will likely prevail in their claim that the day labor rules violate the First Amendment. She rejected arguments by the state that the rules were needed for traffic safety and pointed out that the law, also known as SB1070, says its purpose is to make attrition through enforcement the immigration policy of state and local government agencies.

    “This purposes clause applies to all sections of SB1070, and nowhere does it state that a purpose of the statutes and statutory revisions is to enhance traffic safety,” the judge wrote.

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/rss.jsp?rssid=615&item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fnational%2ffederal-judge-blocks-enforcement-of-day-labor-restrictions-in-arizonas-2010-immigration-law%2f2012%2f02%2f29%2fgIQArsariR_mobile.mobile&cid=961405


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