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Robert Shrum: ….. unrequited love has transformed Romney’s progress toward the Tampa convention into a rough and rutted road, steadily weakening him for the contest with President Obama, and almost certainly strengthening Democratic chances not just in 2012, but in 2016.

….. Romney is a recurringly hard sell in a political party that has morphed, as one GOP strategist privately puts it, into a sectarian religious party….. The long contest, the constant pandering, and his own tendency to sound like a political incarnation of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous have taken their toll on Romney as a general election candidate … As the economy improves, Romney’s rationale wanes: Why do we need an out-of-touch, unlikeable, asset-stripping ex-CEO to secure a recovery that’s already underway?

Full article here

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TampaBay.com: Vice President Joe Biden slipped into the bay area for a fundraiser Wednesday, where he cheered for the spirited Republican presidential primary to continue for as long as possible. “God love them, as my mother would say. I hope they have another 20 debates,” Biden told more than 200 people gathered at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in downtown St. Petersburg.

“…. I have never seen a time in my lifetime when Republicans haven’t tried to hide the ball, to use a sports metaphor – when they said they were ‘compassionate conservatives. We care about health care. We must preserve Medicare,’ etc. They’re not hiding the ball any more at all, guys. God bless them, they’re saying exactly what they believe. This is going to be the starkest choice the American public is going to make in a long, long time.”

….. It may be one of the few times where a candidate walked into a fundraiser wearing one tie and left wearing another. In the $1,000 photo line, one man admired Biden’s red tie. The VP returned the compliment about the man’s purple tie and suggested they trade. They did.

….. Democrats have long complained they can’t distill their campaign theme to a simple bumper sticker phrase. Biden offered one for 2012: “Osama Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”

More here

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Morning everyone ;-)


185 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. March 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Good morning all. Happy Thursday.

    • 2 Dudette
      March 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Congrats on first Africa! Have a Splendiforous morning!!!

    • March 8, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Africa’s on a roll!!!! Morning everyone ;-)

      • March 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

        Oh, wow, aside from the two guys in my house, these two guys always make my heart go pitter patter when I see them. Thanks, Chips!!

        • 6 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          March 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

          LOVE OUR JOE’S THUMBS UP AND THE LOOK ON HIS FACE! GOT A DEM. SURVEY FROM DWS…ASKING ABT. MY NEIGHBORHOOD…HAH..FILLED THEM IN ON THE PILLOWCASE PERSONALITIES THAT LIVE HERE…NOW…TO SEE IF IT MAKES IT THRU OUR POST OFFICE! WHAT A CLUSTER MUCK OF IGNORANCE! WISH I WAS ABLE TO WALK THE MARCH WITH REV. AL…THIS GIRL WOULD BE THERE!

          • 7 Pamela
            March 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

            How cool is Joe Biden, trading ties because he and one of the attendees liked and admired each others tie! Oh man, when has Joe Biden not set things straight and told it like it is? God Bless him, as MY mother used to say (deep Irish roots in my family as well ~ 1850 immigration to NJ).

      • 8 utaustinliberal
        March 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

        Yay!!! My two fave guys.

  2. 10 Dudette
    March 8, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Great Getting Up Day!!! :-)

  3. March 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Chock full of good news. Thanks, Chip!! That tape of president Obama shows the consistency of this president. I just love my president. Today, I am going to a Dem women meeting. Someone from OFA is supposed to come and brief us. I tried attending once before but I fell ill. I am looking forward to going today.

    • March 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

      The consistency is spectacular, Africa, love the video so much. Have a great day, hope the meeting goes really well.

      • 13 globalcitizenlinda
        March 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

        loved that too – President Obama is the same person with the same values infront of a small gathering, one-on-one, and infront of the world

        • 14 miss pat
          March 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

          I think he was the same then as he is now. He was just preparing for the role of President. That evil man was going to cut and splice the tape and he got “‘comeuppance”. When he got to the pearly gates he had his computer and splicer in his hand. Do good in this world and good will follow you. He didn’t have to die and leave this legacy behind; liar and cheat.

  4. March 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Good morning, Sunshines!
    I’m going to totally enjoy this day being around TOD today.

  5. 16 LOL
    March 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Shut the front door- is that Tom Hank’s voice in that first video?

  6. 31 joyce
    March 8, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I love our wonderful president and his family also. I pray daily for their protection, and blessings in all areas of their lives and every place they travel. Thank God that He knew we would need President Obama at this time in our lives. Love to all here

  7. March 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Obama doc looks awesome beyond awesome! Can’t wait! And Morning Joke is on the Today Show saying the Repub Party is headed to an historic defeat—-unless!—–Jeb Bush and Chris Christie jump in here at the last desperate minute to try and save the day. Unbelievable—– a party in complete shambles!!! Sheer panic!!!

    • 33 miss pat
      March 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Christie and jump in the same sentence madse me smile. Christie can’t jump. He can’t even walk a few yards to his son’s game. On that note, it’s a beautiful day in New York. I am going to spend a lot of it outside walking. Might walk to Central Park and back.

    • 34 Pamela
      March 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Just love seeing them in a shambles, and watching their sheer terror as it becomes clear they have done this to themselves. Chickens come home to roost. They have been operating in the Shadow, under their Shadow Chieftains, for so long, the have learned to fear the Light. Too bad for them.

  8. 35 symmetry11
    March 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Good morning everyone

  9. 36 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Even Lawrence can’t help but comment on how then 29-yr old law student Obama sounds remarkably the same as now 50-yr old President Obama!!!

    Breitbart did the President a HUGE favor by releasing this “secret” tape…now all kinds of people (including those on the right) are going to appreciate how consistent our President has been going back as far as 20 years ago, how eloquent and passionate he was back then, concerned about justice, courageous and bold to stand for something that he believes in.

    Contrast that to GOP frontrunner Willard’s INCONSISTENCY, lack of PASSION, Stuttering under pressure, COWARDICE, and concern only about MONEY and the RICH!!!

    • March 8, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Bingo.

      unflappable vs flipflapper.

      • 38 JoJothecat
        March 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

        He’s already flip flopped on the minimum wage! He made a good comment back in January about linking it to another barometer and de-politisizing it…but of course he’s gop corporate backers got to him and he’s backed off that.

    • 39 57andFemale
      March 8, 2012 at 9:40 am

      And what was Mittens doing when he was close to this age? Avoiding the Vietnam War by evangelizing for Mormons on the Riviera.

      He is the most ridiculous candidate ever. I don’t even know why he wants to be President.

    • 41 Obama Grandmama
      March 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

      My thoughts on the video during Harvard years is that those who already love PBO will see it in a positive light. Those who hate him have been filled with lies already and will see this as proof of his radicalism. Those that are sane but in the middle probably won’t care one way or the other. Now if they dice and splice it into something it was not that may be a huge negative. We who love him would not believe it. Those who hate him will hate him no matter what. Those who haven’t decided may be swung to the dark side. We just have so much work to do even if it seems like an easy decision others do not look at it through our lenses.

      • 42 miss pat
        March 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        PBS has the original tape. Easy to compare both. Buth I think the evil man died before he could splice and dice it. Maybe that’s what carried him home if he went home. Maybe still in purgatorytrflrcting on all he did and planned to do.

    • 43 nathkatun7
      March 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I was ecstatic to see this Clip of President Obama supporting my hero, Derrick Bell. Professor Bell went to same church as my nephew who is a law professor at Brooklyn Law School. My nephew admired Dr. Bell so much.

  10. 44 collegekay
    March 8, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I can’t wait to see that documentary!

  11. 45 prettyfoot58
    March 8, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Gooooooooood Morning Chipsssssss and TOD fam….

    More and More we are hearing about something that was just whispered about….a brokered Republican convention…in which there will be a rejection of all of the above in favorite of some hand picked candidate by the so-called establishment….names being bandied about….Jeb Bush, Chris Christie to name a few…

    what strikes me most about this is how much this slaps the face of electorate…what happens to the votes of the those that voted for these candidates….what about their voices….

    where was the so-called establishment…when they allowed the TP to hijack their party…hmmmm…is this their way of getting it back….hijacking the convention…

    but still….what about the folks who voted in the primaries/caucases….will their voices be silenced…

    • 46 prettyfoot58
      March 8, 2012 at 8:35 am

      and perhaps i am being overly dramatic…but i worry about the impact of all of this on our democracy…stealing votes/silencing the electorate on either side hurts us all…

    • 47 hopefruit2
      March 8, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Romney is going to be the nominee. There will be no brokered convention. This is just talk and distraction. Karl Rove has already given the GOP their marching orders to get behind Romney.

      • March 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

        Agree, HF. The risk of a brokered convention is too great. Everyone will be given their marching orders in the autocratic GOP. Vote for Romney and stop complaining. They could care less how much they have to cheat, steal and twist the democratic process to get what they want. To them, Democracy is for wusses. That’s how they roll and why it’s so critically important to stop them.

    • 49 57andFemale
      March 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

      It would be such a massive failure. After 2000 I gave up being shocked by anything Republicans and their supporters do, but this would be the most complete, obvious suicide of the Republican party in history.

      It’s going to be Romney. He will pick a completely terrifying V.P. to assuage the base.

      • 50 JoJothecat
        March 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

        He has to pick someone from one of the southern or midwestern states…it will not be a woman or a hispanic. It will be someone like O’Connell as the V.P. (vaginal prober) or someone that the religious right will vote for.

  12. 51 CBO
    March 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Morning y’alls ,
    I’m not sure how to upload images, so I thought I’d give this a shot.

    I knocked this off in Photosoap from yesterdays photos.

    A little exercise in contrasts – a picture is worth a thousand words……or two.

    Arizona, what is wrong with you?!?!?!?

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/829/welcomezx.jpg/

    [URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/829/welcomezx.jpg/][IMG]http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/194/welcomezx.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

  13. 53 Dave
    March 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Spin, Spin SPIN> They would spin it inside-out . . . .’til the cows come home, insert cliche here. The whole damn party IS A CLICHE. Unfortunately one thing that worries me is repuggles can be VERY GOOD at politics and cravenly dishonest manipulation of the media and messaging. Of course we all know from repeated painful experience they are HORRIBLE at governance.
    MUST REMAIN POSITIVE. POB WILL WIN! POB WILL WIN!!!! WE WILL WIN!!!!

    • 54 Betsy
      March 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I think what Rush did to Sandra Fluke, combined with the war on women by the GOP, will impact the female vote, the young people vote, and even the young male vote as this has taken flight. The number of companies that have withdrawn from supporting Rush has all come together to expose the GOP for what they really are: a party that wants to turn us back to the 1950s. Their dishonesty, outright lies are being seen by MANY and PBO has barely been campaigning. Just wait til PBO starts campaigning in full force..Romney can’t compare no matter what dirty tricks he gets up to. The American people are waking up and don’t want their vote to be bought.

  14. 55 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

    HEADLINE: GOP Activists fear primary taking a toll on Romney.

    // WASHINGTON — Republican activists foresee a long, lumbering presidential campaign that almost certainly will nominate Mitt Romney but may leave him weakened in a fall battle against President Barack Obama. Interviews Wednesday with GOP officials and strategists in several states found no panic or calls for Romney to crank up his criticisms of Rick Santorum to secure the nomination. But they expressed varying degrees of worry that Santorum’s and Newt Gingrich’s attacks on Romney are inflicting wounds that might not fully heal by Nov. 6. //

    HAHAHA! If he’s being destroyed in his own primary, what makes them think he’ll be able to withstand the Presidency – when he has to deal not only with Republicans, but with Democrats who don’t like him and didn’t vote for him as well as hostile foreign entities?

  15. March 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  16. March 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Fox Breaking News:
    “Obama has been caught bowing to baby “what’s up” Doc yesterday morning at the white house”.

    Film at 11
    #HugGate #HannityTheManati

  17. March 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Obama on the CouchHow Barack Put Bibi In the Corner
    The President’s remarks reveal he’s reached new heights in psychological maturity

    Barack Obama’s
    masterful speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) revealed more than his growing comfort with his own power and with the gravitas of leading the most powerful nation on earth. Moving him forcefully into the center stage of world diplomacy without relinquishing his familiar message of bipartisanship, responsibility, and a never-ending quest to improve the lot of nations, Obama’s speech was the latest in a series of behaviors that revealed a kind of psychological maturity not seen on a presidential level in recent memory.

    In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg published in the Atlantic two days before the speech, Obama revealed an attitude that only someone feeling powerful and confident could hold, dismissing war as a distraction: “At a time when there is not a lot of sympathy for Iran and its only real ally [Syria] is on the ropes,” he said, “do we want a distraction in which suddenly Iran can portray itself as a victim?” Obama’s ability to put “war talk” in its place was not only a harbinger of his AIPAC speech but also showed his clear appreciation of the literal power of language. At AIPAC, he used words as genuine weapons to confront Israel (and some American Republicans) about the danger of loose talk – almost scolding them. He asserted Presidential power in new ways, not just by urging people to search for common ground, but by setting limits.

    At a New York fundraiser the night before the Atlantic interview was published, Obama dealt with a heckler with comparable confidence. To the woman who interrupted his comments on foreign policy to yell, “Use your leadership! No war in Iran!,” Obama calmly responded, “Nobody’s announced a war, young lady. You’re jumping the gun a little bit.” He then turned on his smile that was at once affectionate and slightly condescending. He not only understood her passion but was able metabolize her cry for calm leadership to quell her fears the way a parent does with the outburst of an impatient or frightened child.

    Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/03/07/how-obama-put-bibi-in-the-corner/#ixzz1oX7ZfdoD

    • 63 Pamela
      March 8, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Oh gee… BWD nailed this a looonnnnggg time ago : The Only Adult in the Room!

      • March 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

        Yes! The fact that it’s now being touted in the mainstream media, is something to shout about. Let’s hope this kind of good press keeps on rolling forward.

  18. 65 defytheodds
    March 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Obama Mines for Voters With High-Tech Tools

    With a “chief scientist” specializing in consumer behavior, an “analytics department” monitoring voter trends, and a squad of dozens huddled at computer screens editing video or writing code, the sprawling office complex inside One Prudential Plaza looks like a corporate research and development lab — Ping-Pong table and all.

    But it is home to the largely secret engine of President Obama’s re-election campaign, where scores of political strategists, data analysts, corporate marketers and Web producers are sifting through information gleaned from Facebook, voter logs and hundreds of thousands of telephone or in-person conversations to reassemble and re-energize the scattered coalition of supporters who swept Mr. Obama into the White House four years ago…….

    With 13 million e-mail subscribers as of 2009, more than 12 million Twitter subscribers and some 25 million followers of its Facebook page (compared with, for instance, 1.5 million following Mr. Romney), the campaign has instantaneous access to a huge universe of people, a considerable percentage of the more than 69 million people who voted Obama in 2008, though the campaign refuses to divulge specific numbers. ……..

    Both supporters and critics of the Obama campaign’s approach say it may in the end change the outcome by only a few percentage points. But that, campaign officials said, is enough.

    “We’re under no illusions that this is going to be anything but a close race,” Mr. Messina, the campaign manager, said. “We are preparing for a very close race, as we always have been.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/us/politics/obama-campaigns-vast-effort-to-re-enlist-08-supporters.html?pagewanted=1&tntemail0=y&_r=2&emc=tnt

  19. March 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Romney’s Faux Policies
    Peter Suderman takes aim:

    Romney has taken to framing his campaign in part around the goals of “less debt” and “smaller government.” These are central themes to his candidacy, and yet Romney’s actual proposals remain mysterious at best, unworkable at worst. The former governor has not only refused to say how he would cut federal spending, he’s explicitly ruled out two of the biggest expenditure categories: defense spending and Medicare, where he’s declared that he’ll reverse cuts made by President Obama.

    We don’t know how Romney will cut spending. But we know how he won’t.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/

    • 67 Cha
      March 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      I can’t wait until President Obama gets out there like he did in the last campaign and let the people know that “it’s not a bigger government or a smaller government that he’s leading but a SMARTER GOVERNMENT!”

  20. 68 utaustinliberal
    March 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Hey TOD I know this is a Huff Po link but it’s about our fellow Obot Martin Sheen going on a well justified rant at the PL, emoprogs, and firebaggers for their constant whining about PBO and nothing ever being good enough for them. He’s on PBO’s side 110% no whining, no buts, no complaints and he skewers the #GOP and Romney in particular for his cowardice and lack of a core. It’s good read.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/03/07/martin-sheen-barack-obama_n_1327360.html?ref=tw

    • 69 Betsy
      March 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Great read. This is my favorite line that he said: “Who the hell is going to be able to really believe anything Romney says when he stands next to someone who comes from a place and stands for it and risks his life to achieve it? You know, Obama rarely raises his voice, but he rises to every occasion” Martin Sheen

      Awesome!

    • 70 Asher in Boston
      March 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      That was for sure a well justified rant by Martin Sheen. I honestly dont know what these whining PLs want more from this President. I think they are far gone that at this moment I care less what they have to say/bitch about.

  21. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I had seen the shorter version of President Obama’s Harvard years but until yesterday’s hug-gate, I had not see the whole program of activism for that day. Thanks to the hatermongers, we get to see more

    Another thing about the “long-form” video of President Obama at Harvard is the comment that Prof Bell make complementing him that then Barack (the student) had spoken so eloquently without notes and yet he (the prof) has to use some for ref.

    Prof Bell at the time said something so prophetic – namely that this Barack speech potends well for his future prospects.

    I am sure that even he could never have known how true his words would come to pass.

    In case some of you have missed the comments of Prof Bell about President Obama that day, please review the video again

  22. March 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Chips,

    I hope you post Rachel Maddow’s first segment from last night, where she makes it plain and simple that Willard is winning because of rich folks,. she puts it out there, in chart after chart.

  23. March 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Political AnimalBlog
    March 07, 2012 5:59 PM
    You Shall Not Tempt the Lord Your God!
    By Ed Kilgore

    I missed this item earlier today, but it’s a pretty good one, from NBC’s First Read:

    Mitt Romney’s campaign gathered the national press corps in their campaign war room this morning to deliver a simple message: It would take an “act of God” for any candidate not named Mitt Romney to win the Republican nomination.

    Now as I made clear in my first post today, I sympathize with Team Mitt’s frustration at the coverage they got for their Super Tuesday win, which sorta made it sound like they had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I can understand why they wanted to walk reporters through the delegate math and show how improbable any outcome other than Romney’s eventual nomination truly was.

    But Lord a-mighty, watch your language! Aside from the general inadvisability of tempting God to toss a thunderbolt your way, you would not want to encourage any Prayer Warriors out there associated with Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich to take this on as a personal challenge. Just keep bludgeoning your opponents with negative ads, and try to keep your candidate from talking too much about his wealth, and let the delegate math take care of itself without bragging about it.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_03/you_shall_not_tempt_the_lord_y035912.php

  24. 77 desertflower
    March 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Good morning….Thought I would share this frightening trip back in time…especially to those young women here that have never known life without access to a safe and legal abortion.

    http://motherjones.com/slideshows/2012/02/when-women-used-lysol-birth-control/lysol-douche-cobweb

  25. 78 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR MITTENS TO FACE PBO IN A DEBATE…HE’D BETTER BRING A STRETCHER!..LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

    • 79 hopefruit2
      March 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

      LOL – that’s right Sue…and a supply of Chips’ smelling salts that she normally keeps for us (PBO/VP Biden pics) and the guys (Michelle and Dr. Biden pics)

      • 80 Pamela
        March 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

        And wear protective undergarments, as he surely will be losing control of himself, standing on a stage with the REAL President of the United States! You know, The One who has been showing them how to get things done for more than three years now! I do NOT feel sorry for Myth, he has earned everything that’s coming to him. Maybe better for him that he really just doesn’t get that yet.

  26. 81 desertflower
    March 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/3/8/0356/23401

    Only 5 percent of eligible voters younger than 30 cast ballots on Super Tuesday, roughly splitting evenly among Romney, former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.), according to an analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.
    So far, only about 600,000 voters younger than 30 have cast ballots in all the Republican primaries, said Peter Levine, ­CIRCLE’s director. That’s fewer than half the number who voted for then-candidate Obama prior to Super Tuesday in 2008, although it’s an imperfect comparison because more primaries in 2008 were before Super Tuesday.

    But the difference is so large that it points to a big potential weakness, Levine said.

  27. 82 MTmarilyn
    March 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. I can’t wait until next week. Where are we going to get to see the movie? I’ll be there.

    I’ll be checking in on what’s going on but won’t be able to comment. Have a great day everyone!!!!

  28. 83 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I LOVE THE VIDEO…THE ROAD TRAV….IT’S AMAZING…THEN AGAIN…WE HAVE AN AMAZING PRESIDENT! THEY BROKE THE MOLD ON THIS ONE! THERE IS ‘NOONE ELSE’ WHO CAN DO THIS JOB! YOU ARE LOVED MR. PRESIDENT…WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK!..:)

  29. 84 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

    THOSE HANNITY EXCLUSIVES ARE A ‘HOOT’ AND UNFORTUNATELY PORTRAY EXACTLY WHERE THE RIGHT WINGER’S MINDS ARE LOCATED!

  30. 85 lovingandlaughing
    March 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Morning everyone in TODville!

    • March 8, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Good Morning, loving and everyone in TODville. Thanks for the 2 great videos, Chips. The trailer served its intended purpose: making me excited about seeing the documentary. The second was important because I was only able to view the first half of LOD’s show, so missed that part. Finally, I’m loving this “#hug gate” twitter “campaign”. Does anyone know the etiology of this beyond the Breitbart instigation?

      Chipsticks, haveta say again what a remarkable person you are and thanks for creating such a nourishing community.

  31. 90 Linda
    March 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Obama is personally lobbying Senate Democrats to reject an amendment calling for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, according to Politico.

    Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) proposed the amendment, which could come up for a vote today, but two Democratic senators already back the proposal: Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Mary Landrieu (LA).

  32. 92 Linda
    March 8, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced late Wednesday that the Senate had reached an agreement on a long-stalled transportation authorization bill.

    He said Democrats and Republicans had come to a deal to allow votes on up to 30 amendments to it, and said he hoped the Senate could finish the bill today.

    30 Amendments ?

  33. March 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

    The war on contraception is not hyperbole, because there has been a dramatic shift on contraception in the GOP
    by Kay

    Hooray! The New York Times finally goes to the real issue:


    Leticia Parra, a mother of five scraping by on income from her husband’s sporadic construction jobs, relied on the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Carlos, an impoverished town in South Texas, for breast cancer screenings, free birth control pills and pap smears for cervical cancer.
    But the clinic closed in October, along with more than a dozen others in the state, after financing for women’s health was slashed by two-thirds by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

    The cuts, which left many low-income women with inconvenient or costly options, grew out of the effort to eliminate state support for Planned Parenthood. Although the cuts also forced clinics that were not affiliated with the agency to close — and none of them, even the ones run by Planned Parenthood, performed abortions — supporters of the cutbacks said they were motivated by the fight againstabortion.

    As the case in Texas illustrates, such battles are affecting broader women’s health services. Some women have lost the only nearby clinic providing routine care.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/03/08/the-war-on-contraception-is-not-hyperbole-because-there-has-been-a-dramatic-shift-on-contraception-in-the-gop/

  34. 94 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

    WILL BBL AND CATCH UP…MANY ERRANDS TO RUN TODAY…IT’S REALLY,REALLY RAINING…GOING TO HAVE TO FIRE UP THE CANOE AND PADDLE OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY!!!! GLUB! GLUB! LATER…:)

  35. 96 desertflower
    March 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    O/T….listen and spread the word. This needs to be seen by everyone. We can do this.For the children.

    http://kony2012.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/

  36. March 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Gail Collins aka friend of Seamus pens another collumn about Romney’s infamous dog:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/opinion/collins-dogging-mitt-romney.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

  37. 98 desertflower
    March 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/us/texas-womens-clinics-retreat-as-finances-are-cut.html?_r=1&hp

    Leticia Parra, a mother of five scraping by on income from her husband’s sporadic construction jobs, relied on the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Carlos, an impoverished town in South Texas, for breast cancer screenings, free birth control pills and pap smears for cervical cancer,

    But the clinic closed in October, along with more than a dozen others in the state, after financing for women’s health was slashed by two-thirds by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

    The cuts, which left many low-income women with inconvenient or costly options, grew out of the effort to eliminate state support for Planned Parenthood. Although the cuts also forced clinics that were not affiliated with the agency to close — and none of them, even the ones run by Planned Parenthood, performed abortions — supporters of the cutbacks said they were motivated by the fight against abortion.

    THIS IS NOT OK! If anyone tells you that there is not a GOP war on women…they are LYING!

    • 99 Diane
      March 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

      DF-For me the good news on this war is that more women than ever know about it now, and we are winning some of these battles. When Rush Limbaugh has to fill all of his ad space with public service announcements we are winning. When even republican leaning women have decided to vote Obama we are winning. When the republicans I.e. Blunt, etc. decide they don’t want to pursue the birth control issue anymore we are winning. They have over reached big time and most women know they started this war. Now they are trying to back track and deny it…but it is too late! The only question for me is how many of these a$$hats can we put in a storm drain (like Khaddafi) on November 6th! Our president needs a congress that will work with him!

  38. March 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

    OH. MAH. GAWD.

    LOVE, love, love the trailer. Tearing up about 15 seconds into it. BRAVO!! Tom Hanks is a LOVE. I’m telling you, it’s GREAT to be a Democrat in 2012 with my POTUS!!!!

    Great good morning, TODville!!!!

  39. March 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

    “I join this debate because the nuclear issue with Iran is deadly serious business. It should invite sobriety and thoughtfulness, not sloganeering and sound bites. The stakes are far too high for it to become just another applause line on the stump. Idle talk of war only helps Iran by spooking the tight oil market and increasing the price of the Iranian crude that pays for its nuclear program.

    Creating false differences with President Obama to score political points does nothing to move Iran off a dangerous nuclear course. Worse, Romney does not even do Americans the courtesy of describing how he would do anything different from what the Obama administration has already done.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/romneys-wrong-headed-assertions-about-iran/2012/03/07/gIQAcKCvxR_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

    That’s Senator Kerry repeating almost verbatim what the President said and then some. Now why can’t more Democrats come out as forcefully in defense of our PBO?

    • 104 anniebella
      March 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Romney doesn’t know what he would do, one minute it’s bomb Iran, a minute later it’s not bomb Iran. Remember the great leadership he showed when he said he was against the Blunt Amendment, then a hour later it wast of course I support the Blunt Amendment. What flip flop leadership.

  40. March 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

  41. 111 anniebella
    March 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I am looking forward to seeing “The Road We’ve Travel”.

  42. March 8, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Republicans are worried the long, drawn-out presidential primary could cost them the House and the Senate.

    For months, Republicans had been bullish about their prospects for widening their margin in the House and picking off Democratic senators. But some are now questioning whether they could be done in if Mitt Romney limps out of the primary a severely weakened nominee.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/214869-gop-fears-rough-primary-could-cost-it-the-house-and-the-senate

  43. March 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

    So who is excited about the jobs numbers tomorrow???

    • March 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

      OMG, it worked and it was SO easy. I’m doing a Snoopy happy dance.

    • 129 Linda
      March 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Thanks.

      Pic # 5 is hilarious….

    • 131 Dudette
      March 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

      “Coolitude” – I like that!

      Here’s a little something for the Repubs to gnaw on: “Obama is so dignified he could be French.” Wait for it… 5… 4… 3… 2…

    • 133 Dudette
      March 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

      “Republican candidate Mitt Romney speaks French, but it’s one of the last things you’ll hear him talk about on the campaign trail.”
      Yeh, that happens when you have to pander to a party full of knuckle-dragging xenophobes.

      • 134 Obama Grandmama
        March 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

        There’s a video out there of Romney speaking French at one of the Olympic ceremonies, unless he has hired someone to get rid of it like he did the computers after his time in office as Governor of MA.

    • March 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

      “On one team, there’s America’s suave, crooning president, and on the other, the GOP candidates, whose retrograde rhetoric simply baffles the French.”

      LOL…perfect.

  44. March 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Treasury selling 6 billion dollars worth of AIG shares.
    Right into the coffers of the Tresury, ahh!

  45. 137 Lorraine
    March 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Good Morning. That trailer almost made me ruin my mascara. Vice President Biden, I love him; he is so good and he remains me of one of the Trustee at my church. Tom Hanks what can you say about this man that hasn’t been said; he is one of the most moral human beings in Hollywood.

  46. March 8, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Bloomberg comfort level rises to highest level since April 2008!

  47. March 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Obama and his split screen strategy :

    “What a coincidence that President Obama’s first news conference in nearly six months just happened to fall on Super Tuesday! And what a twist of fate that the president found himself addressing the United Auto Workers conference last week on the very day of the Michigan primary, where he had the chance to blast an unnamed GOP candidate for saying we should have “let Detroit go bankrupt.”
    Barack Obama is the new master of the “split screen.” The White House is managing the president’s schedule and activities so that major events on the GOP campaign calendar become chances to contrast the president in the news cycle with the frivolous, shrill and increasingly surreal Republican race. The targets of this campaign are the independent voters who will decide the November election.

    The “split-screen” strategy is looking very effective so far.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-split-screen-strategy/2012/03/07/gIQAigoiwR_story.html

    • 140 collegekay
      March 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Brilliant, simply brilliant. None of these things are by accident or coincidence.

    • 141 Dudette
      March 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Yep, I can’t imagine how anyone missed that. Since our feckless Fourth Estate has eschewed its role in society, he’s doing what MUST be done — helping the American people open their eyes to the clear and stark choice set before them this election. Retreat to the Middle Ages or move forward!!!

      Press On!!!!

  48. March 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

    WASHINGTON – Republican members of Congress investigating federal loan guarantees to now-bankrupt energy companies told Energy Secretary Steven Chu last week that they never asked him to speed up similar projects in their states.

    But that’s exactly what some did, according to a review of 484 congressional support letters obtained by USA TODAY. Some letters, for example, urged quick approval of a $2 billion loan guarantee for the American Centrifuge, a uranium enrichment project projected to create hundreds of jobs in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

    “It is imperative that this application move forward now,” said a letter signed by five members of Congress, including Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa.

    “Any delays put the project at risk,” said a letter to the Office of Management and Budget signed by 15 members, including Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., and Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-03-06/congress-letters-support-energy-loans/53406730/1

  49. March 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

    CHICAGO — With a “chief scientist” specializing in consumer behavior, an “analytics department” monitoring voter trends, and a squad of dozens huddled at computer screens editing video or writing code, the sprawling office complex inside One Prudential Plaza looks like a corporate research and development lab — Ping-Pong table and all.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/us/politics/obama-campaigns-vast-effort-to-re-enlist-08-supporters.html?_r=2&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

  50. March 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Ummm, the People in the ISS space Station, please put on your suits.

    That is all!

  51. 146 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

  52. 150 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2012 at 10:13 am

  53. March 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

  54. March 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I have one word to describe the Road We’ve Traveled video: “Powerful”

  55. March 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I am not a big Shrum fan, but his article hit the nail on th head, and was basically a warning to those who would wish for a Santorum candidacy. The law of unintended consequences could bite the Dems in the butt if that happened.

    I think we all realize that PBO would beat Santorum easily, probably by historic amounts. What this would do, however, is push the far RWNJ intoirrelevancy and allow so called moderate Republicans to regain control of the party, people such as Bush and Christie. I use the term so-called because we all now that what they really are are reactionaries disguised as moderates. But the general electorate does not realize that and that would make 2016 a difficult year.

    However a Romney defeat, by under 10 points, woudl signal to the RWNJs that they were right and all that was needed was to go with a person like a Santorum and that is probably what would happen in 2016. And that would possibly truly cause the collapse of the GOP. Not only would they not win the Presidency, but they would probably be a small minority of Congress and even lose big time in mroe local races.

    Why should we be thinking about 2016 now? Because even PBO has acknowledged that everything he would like to accomplish cannot be done even if he is in office for 8 years. And if even a “moderate” Republican gains the WH in 2016, progress would be, at best, stopped and quite possibly rolled back.

    And the general electorate likes to see changes in the party occupying the WH every so often and even against a good Dem candidate, a seemingly moderate Republican could win.

    Before anybody says anything, I know we still have to focus on 2012. We can’t take PBO’s reelection for granted. But we also need to keep thoughts of the future in our minds. I personally hope for Romney to win the nomination. The election would be closer, but a win would then mean so much more.

    • 157 itgurl_29
      March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

      This is so right on and I’ve been saying this to my friends for months now. If Santorum wins, he will suffer a humiliating defeat, and kill the tea party in the process, allowing the “moderates” to regain power and pose a real threat in 2016. If Romney wins, the rwnjs can say “See, we gave your moderate Romney a chance and he lost, just like your boy McCain!! Now it’s our turn! Palin 2016!!”

      I too want a Romney win. And I love seeing him have to go through the ringer for it.

    • 158 hopefruit2
      March 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

      I agree japa, and I believe that Romney will be the nominee.

  56. March 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Mitt: Pay for Your Own Damn College!
    By Jonathan Chait

    “It would be popular for me to stand up and say I’m going to give you government money to pay for your college, but I’m not going to promise that,” he said, to sustained applause from the crowd at a high-tech metals assembly factory here. “Don’t just go to one that has the highest price. Go to one that has a little lower price where you can get a good education. And hopefully you’ll find that. And don’t expect the government to forgive the debt that you take on.”

    Romney’s answer, and the enthusiastic reception it triggered, also reveals something important about the Republican coalition. Here were Romney, and his supporters, treating a struggling prospective college student with almost gleeful hostility, like a bum looking for a handout

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03/mitt-pay-for-your-own-damn-college.html

  57. 160 Dudette
    March 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Off-Topic: I haven’t watched American Idol in years, but with talent this good, I might have to go back to it…

    http://www.thegrio.com/entertainment/teenager-sanchez-wows-american-idol-judges.php

    “When host Ryan Seacrest asked the panel to name Wednesday night’s top two singers among the 13 finalists, Steven Tyler was ready.
    “Jessica Sanchez and Jessica Sanchez,” Tyler said.

    • March 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

      She was really awesome. I thought no one could ever approach the style and brilliance of Whitney Houston on that song, but Sanchez did her and the song proud last night.

  58. 162 Dudette
    March 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Thie wholesale disenfranchisement of the people of Michigan has GOT to stop!! Mayor Dave Bing takes a stand…

    http://www.thegrio.com/local/detroit/mayor-dave-bing-i-will-not-support-an-emergency-manager-for-detroit.php

  59. March 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Good Morning all! Was at work pretty early this morning, but I wanted to pop in and say HOWDY!

    I hope every one has a great day!!

    You guys are all amazing!!!

    • 164 hopefruit2
      March 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Hello there pinkbunny – wishing you a wonderful day as well! :)

    • March 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Dang hit post comment too soon!

      I meant to also say that I too had CHILLS run down my spine watching the trailer for President Obama’s short film on The Road We’ve Traveled.

      Seriously he came at a moment in CRISIS for our nation. If it had been any Repub, the US would still have high Deficits & high Unemployment, with more people slipping into poverty.

      I am in awe of how extremely capable and productive our President has been, given the shit he inherited from Bush

  60. 166 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

  61. 168 donna dem 4 obama
    March 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Wow!

    I have been so busy at work over the last week that all I can do is sneak a peek every now and then and OH MY GOODNESS that trailer sent a chill down my spine.

    Romney might have all the PAC money in the world but our President has real results and you know what…Romney can’t touch that! He is no match for “our guy”. Bring it Romney Camp…they don’t have a clue what they are stepping into.

    If this documentary is as good as a the trailer we are in for an awesome event.

    I wonder if it is going to be just released online or if there will be some kind of event to release it? However they do it I can’t wait until next Thursday.

    • 169 Pamela
      March 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Hi I’ve missed you, my life is unrecognizable at present too, but am thrilled to see a powerful film like this one approaching, and I am wondering the same, do we know how/where it can be seen. One week from today.

      • 170 Pamela
        March 8, 2012 at 10:56 am

        Had typed DonnaDem in that sentence, but it disappeared, HI DonnaDem! :)

        • 171 donna dem 4 obama
          March 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

          Hi Pamela!

          Yeah, I work in accounting and it is mad tax and audit season for us right now. Sigh!

          I’m not sure how they could roll this out if it’s going to be a online release but something spectacular would be great.

  62. 172 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

    VP Biden will be on the campaign trail starting next week – giving FOUR major speeches that will frame the campaign’s 2012 election focus. VP Biden’s first stop will be at a yet to be disclosed location in Ohio. Stay tuned for more details…

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/biden-to-officially-begin-campaign-role/

  63. March 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Good morning TOD. Can only enjoy you guys during work hours because my computer died. It has been ill for a while now, so should have replaced it sooner. For those of you who use tablets, do you recommend them for use on twitter and the blogs? I am considering buying one instead of a new laptop. Feedback please.

    • 174 Pamela
      March 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Hi Jackie, I was about to reply to this when Peggysticks posted the new thread… But Africa was on it! Anyway, I don’t use twitter, but can follow people via bookmarks, but I do love love love my iPad2 and it has made my laptop almost a relic. Read a review of iPad3 which will be released in April, will probably just hang onto this one, did have an original iPad for a while, iPad2 is a fine little unit. Also, with the release of the new one, ipad2 will go down to about $399, which is a fantastic price. With your options, but I would say ipad2 can’t lose.

  64. 176 Pamela
    March 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Bye bye everyone, I’m outta here! Love this day, solar flares and all!

  65. 177 Dudette
    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Rikyah’s got a very timely and important post on Jack and Jill Politics about Voter Suppression excerpted from Maddow Blog.

    http://www.jackandjillpolitics.com/2012/03/thursday-open-thread-189/

    Everyone across the country should see the video in this article. Tears are streaming down my face. This voter ID crap is all kinds of wrong.

    “Tennessee voted under that state’s new law requiring voters to show a photo ID. Former Marine Tim Thompson showed up at the polls and refused to show his ID or to vote with a provisional ballot. Cameras rolled as he challenged a poll worker over the new law (h/t @icnorth).

    “We just fought a war to bring democracy to Iraq,” Thompson said. “Now, we’re passing laws that restrict and bring conditions to our right to vote. I sacrificed my right to vote in order to make this statement.”

    • 178 Lorraine
      March 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Thank you for your service to our beloved Country Officer Thompson, and for standing up for all those who can’t stand up for themselves. I refuse to ruin my mascara today but I’m coming thisclose to during it.

    • 179 JoJothecat
      March 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

      They voted for the GOP Governor and Rand Paul for Senate. Rand Paul is the same piece of crap who did not what to get a “Pat Down” at the airport but feels it’s OK for people in his state to PAY TO VOTE! I don’t know this guys politics, I just know that Tennessee is a RED state and this law is hurting Democrats as well as Republicans & Independents. They need to vote out every republican but they won’t do that.

    • 181 yardarm756
      March 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Attention on deck! A Marine is on the gangway…..Tks Dudette this was one hell of a wake up vid…..Turned on my frustration type water works for sure. I don’t think he’s alone. I anticipate a shift soon. I just hope it’s not violent.
      Well, the sun is past the yardarm and it’s time for spirits call.

      • 182 Dudette
        March 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        You’re welcome yardarm. It just ain’t right how the Rightwingers claim to be patriots, yet they spend all their time trying to undermine our democracy. I hope the people across this country wake up and get to kicking the bastards out.

        • 183 yardarm756
          March 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

          Every time this country moves forward, it’s akin to giving birth. This time the baby is stuck in the birth canal and wants out. It may take something like a C section to get here, but it will come. The only concern I have is if the child will be alive and healthy or stillborn?

  66. 185 CEB
    March 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Just got in from work. The snippet of the video preview gave me chills. Can barely wait to see all of it on 3/15. Will it be shown on TV or online?

    Off to try to catch up.


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