338 Responses to “Here’s to the future….”


  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Yes indeed

  2. 3 vcprezofan2
    August 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Again?

    • 4 Proud Former White House Intern
      August 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      No I’m back

      • 5 vcprezofan2
        August 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        Actually, this time I was asking CC, because I was caught off guard seeing a new post so quickly. ;) :) Utal may have a point – CC is probably trying new energy drinks.

        • 6 Proud Former White House Intern
          August 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

          Oh ok, how have you been?

          • 7 vcprezofan2
            August 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

            Great! A bit impatient for November, but otherwise great. :lol: I might be the only TODobot who is satisfied with the GOP showing off their core this week, but I currently see no downside to them being themselves. I think this is the final opportunity for the GOP as a group to flaunt themselves while a few more folks than normal are tuned in. The debates will be different because there’ll only be one of them at a time on display. This is it for the party, I think. They are all dressed up in their best duds. They are comfortable because no dissenters are inside to interrupt or challenge, and they can just be themselves. Go do your thing, GOP. Show us your best.

  3. 8 utaustinliberal
    August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Chips has clearly been downing energy drinks. :)

  4. 10 cookemom
    August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    They’ve geared up for Chris. They took notes and call themselves ready for bear. Newt is calling himself trying to dis Chris and put him in his place. Chris did refer to the emails and calls he’s gotten today.

    • 11 Ladyhawke
      August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      GINGRICH GOPAC MEMO: WORDS TO DESCRIBE DEMOCRATIC OPPONENTS

      ‘Language: A Key Mechanism of Control’

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      But the clearest expression of Gingrich’s philosophy of media came in a GOPAC memo entitled “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control.” Distributed to GOP candidates across the country, the memo’s list of words for Democrats and words for Republicans was endorsed by Gingrich in a cover letter: “The words in that paper are tested language from a recent series of focus groups where we actually tested ideas and language.” Next time you hear Gingrich complain about media focusing on the negative, refer back to these lists.

      As you know, one of the key points in the GOPAC tapes is that “language matters.” In the video “We Are a Majority,” Langauage is listed as akey mechanism of control used by a majority party, along with Agenda, Rules, Attitude and Learning. As the tapes have been used in training sessions across the country and mailed to candidates, we have heard a plaintive plea: “I wish I could speak like Newt.”

      That takes years of practice. But we believe that you could have a significant impact on your campaign and the way you communicate if we help a little. That is why we have created this list of words and phrases.

      This list is prepared so that you might have a directory of words to use in writing literature and mail, in preparing speeches, and in producing electronic media. The words and phrases are powerful. Read them. Memorize as many as possible. And remember that, like any tool, these words will not help if they are not used….

      Contrasting Words

      Often we search hard for words to help us define our opponents. Sometimes we are hesitant to use contrast. Remember that creating a difference helps you. These are powerful words that can create a clear and easily understood contrast. Apply these to the opponent, their record, proposals and their party.

      decay… failure (fail)… collapse(ing)… deeper… crisis… urgent(cy)… destructive… destroy… sick… pathetic… lie… liberal… they/them… unionized bureaucracy… “compassion” is not enough… betray… consequences… limit(s)… shallow… traitors… sensationalists…

      —————————————–

      More words here……

      http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1276

  5. August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Very true. Access to quality education is one of the more important issues of our time. Glad we have a President who gets it!

  6. 18 Claire
    August 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Newt makes me sick.

  7. 20 Linda
    August 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Newt said Romney gained 5 points in Michigan over the weekend.

    What poll ?

    • 21 veryslowwriter
      August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Who cares? Polls are a snapshot of a particular set of people on a particular day. They represent nothing, really.

    • 22 dotster3
      August 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Mitchell Research—-know nothing about them—-Obama was up 5, have the race tied today.

      • 23 dotster3
        August 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Republican pollster, so never mind. Wanted a bounce for Willard’s birther “joke” and got it.

      • 24 gcwp1
        August 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        Did you Google them between your two osts, and learn they were Republican? Thx.

        • 25 dotster3
          August 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

          Yes. My first clue was that there was a Mitchell Research Center in the Mitchell Bldg. on the campus of Hillsdale College, an ultra ultra conservative college. Then I finally saw some articles identifying them as “Republican pollsters”. Over and out.

          • 26 gcwp1
            August 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

            Thanks. I try not to let polls get to me,but dismissing them completely (as you say “over and out”) is more efficient :)

  8. August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    ThinkProgress goes after #BirtherMitt on Tom Smith …

    And, I remind them about Mr Rape-is-a-form-of-conception Ryan …

    … had just posted at the bottom of the previous thread as speedy Chips was starting a new one … :)

    • 28 cookemom
      August 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      er….uh…you mean method of contraception, right?

      • 29 cookemom
        August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        …you know the magical mystical vajayjay can just ‘shut it down’.

        • August 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

          Oh no, friend, if you listen to the video (posted in a prior thread) misogynist Ryan views rape as just another form of conception …

          And, more on Tom Smith …

          “Tom Smith, a Tea Partier, won the statewide GOP primary; he introduced vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan just last week at an event in Carnegie, Pennsylvania; and he was on hand for a fundraiser with Mitt Romney just last month.”

          http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/27/13509930-from-todd-akin-to-tom-smith

          I suspect, for those of you who watch Rachel Maddow and others ‘live’, you’ll be hearing more about the Tom Smith, Paul Ryan and #BirtherMitt axis, today.

          • 31 cookemom
            August 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

            Oh I know, my attempt at the double entendre. I should have known better, I have trouble with single participles. carry on.

            • August 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

              I loved your snark!! Just wanted to be sure that anyone (lurkers, especially) would view the video of Ryan and witness his cold trivialization of rape. It’s no surprise he and Akin have essentially identical legislative voting records and that Smith would be introducing him, last week, at an event in PA. These guys are, in_deed, the American Taliban.

              Thank you!! :)

      • 33 yardarm756
        August 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        You wimmin need to quit stressin’ over this stuff. Your best bet is to exercise and get healthy so you can become good brood sows and fulfill your mission in life. Watch the house and fetch and carry. That should be ’nuff to fill your days. Obama ain’t gonna take care o’ yo’ butts like the Republicons will.

  9. 36 donna dem 4 obama
    August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    A Recipe for Surviving the Republican National Convention

    4 cups of Patience
    2 cups of Tolerance
    Dash of Mercy
    5 cups of Cynicism
    5 spoonfuls Eye Rolling
    1 barrel of Laughter
    Pinch of Forgiveness

    Then take Patience and Tolerance and mix thoroughly with Mercy
    Blend in Cynicism and Eye Rolling
    Sprinkle abundantly with Laughter and garnish with Forgiveness :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I’m on the hunt for a $3.00 donation to keep the 100 donations in 100 days Fundraising Challenge alive?

    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/donnanoshock3

  10. 42 cookemom
    August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Newt says Robme should not try to be someone he’s not. When Tweet asked what’s that he says trying to show he’s human……LOL or something like that.

  11. 43 jersey girl
    August 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Hi guys, we should send OFA a town hall video of Paul Ryan where is has an older gentleman insisting on his social security and medicare not be cut forcibly removed, and Paul Ryan later jokes about his blood pressure medications. An ad from that event word for word would have a visceral reaction with the seniors – given Ryan’s smug face. I cant seem to find it on Youtube, it should be either there or in Dailykos Archives. If anyone knows what I am talking about and can find the clip and send it to OFA (I think it needs to come from Obama campaign itself not superpacs), it will be a very powerful ad, that will help win the Medicare battle.

    • 44 cookemom
      August 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I’m sure they have it. There’s no telling what we’ll see in the latter part of September and in October. PBO may be keeping the powder dry for later, should he have to bring out the big guns. I’m thinking October is gonna be a rooting tooting slugfest.

  12. August 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Michael Steele sounds like an idiot!
    That is all!

  13. 48 Claire
    August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Hooray for the Obama supporters on Hardball!!

  14. August 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Oh dear. Our thoughts are with him and hope he will recover.

  15. 53 utaustinliberal
    August 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Newt Gingrich is such a pompous moron. Hardball has been good so far.

    Chris is hilarious. Every audience member young, old, female, male were all Pres. Obama supporters. College kids in Tampa heavily favor Pres. Obama. At some point Chris was like is there no Romney supporter? There was one guy who was a Ron Paul supporter who was mad that Romney’s people had screwed them by changing the rules and another Ron Paul supporter said since Paul got screwed over, some Paul supporters are backing Pres. Obama in the election.

  16. August 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    The new website Chips features in this post is really a thing of beauty. The clarity of vision, the presentation of milestones, the very cool toolbar on the upper left of the page, the colors – just super GORGEOUS!! Check it out and pass it along!!

    • 55 cookemom
      August 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      2nd that. I sent it to #2 to send to her young age peers. I sent her the Tweety smack down and she cracked up. Not because of the smack down, but because I called him Tweety. She hadn’t heard that reference, but couldn’t control herself over the resemblance when I told her why.

      • August 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        PBO and OFA have the very BEST media minds – designers, content developers, social media – it’s all that + bag of cheesy puffs.

  17. 57 pugeretto
    August 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Good afternoon Chips, TOD’s. I am back to being able to read this best-of-the-best blogs/diary, and I know it’s been a while, what with my Garden Walk & other things happening in my life. I just wanted you to know youhadn’t lost a fan Chips. I have tried to peek in once-in-a-while, but now I am so exited to have T-I-M-E again & sooo glad to read the many positive statements here.

    I have a small personal announcement to make, today I turned 60….soooo…I was wondering if there might be any spare cakes or desserts left over anywhere?

    I amgoing to be bacck and forth with my Pugs the next couple of hours, but I will be checking in, just in case. And all the talk about Mathews, I have to catch up, as I do not ever watch that 3 hour AM show on MSNBC. The Dem Convention will be awsome, and all of you here do such positive work informing on a daily basis, thanks.

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      August 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Pugeretto, happy birthday!!! Have a great one. And I hope you get a real cake with lots of icing. This is a big one. Enjoy every minute of it!

      • 59 pugeretto
        August 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

        Thank you very much Jackie, and yesterday we celebrated with lots of cake, my daughter’s homemade cakes, & several at the restaurant.

    • August 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapy birthdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Pugeretto!!!!!!!!!

      • 61 vcprezofan2
        August 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        ♫Happy 60th ♪ to yooou♫. ♫Happy 60th ♪ to yooou♫.
        ♪Happy 60th, dear Pugerettooooooo!♪ ♫
        ♫ ♪ Happ-y 60th to YOOOOU……and many more!♪

      • August 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        YAYAYAYYYY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pugeretto!! Congrats on a fabulous 60th!!

        • 67 pugeretto
          August 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

          And Meta, thank you, thank you! It’s funny, I have almost killed myself cleaning this week for “suprise guests” who were supposed to arrive from TX….and they couldn’t make it….ha…..but my husband is hinting that possibly this coming weekend….but I had a great celbration yesterday with my family and a couple ofold high school friends. It looks to be an exciting convention for the Dems and I cannot wait!

      • 69 Spiderwort60
        August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        Oh my! What a blast, Chips, thanks so much for that SMILE & cupakes! You know PBO is smiling about how he’s going to win by that LANDSLIDE. Thank you Chips for all your thoughtful rituals we all look FORWARD to each & everyday! Thanks for helping make 60 memorable, because my daughter had actually written The White House in hopes of getting a birthday wish from PBO……and I will have to show her that he showed up for the party…thanks for all your dediccated work Chips.

    • August 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Happy Birthday, pugeretto!!!

    • 72 sjterrid
      August 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Happy Birthday, pugeretto!

      • 73 pugeretto
        August 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Thank you sjterrid! I don’t beliee we’ve met? Thanks a bunch for the birthday wishes!

        • 74 sjterrid
          August 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

          Hi, pugeretto I mostly lurk and I’m usually late so by the time I get here there are already a few threads and everybody has moved ahead, but today I got an early start so I was able to keep up.

  18. August 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Well, what did Tweety expect when he interviews Gingrich?
    Duh!

  19. August 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    • 80 0388jojothecat
      August 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      signed it……Can’t wait for the DNC Convention to see people of all races, faiths, backgrounds, and political affiliations who will be happy and showing support to re-elect PBO. The nasty, hatefulness, is playing across the country this week (hopefully it will be a short week) and the last thing this country and the world will see is positive nature of this President, VP and first families.

        • 82 0388jojothecat
          August 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm

          Thank you Bobfr……this is what we need to do is combat these extremist. It makes me feel like I am “doing” something, making our voices heard that this is not OK. I did not think I would see this kind of crap in the 21st century especially when David Duke was running for office, the media pushed back on his racist background and how he was trying to re-write history as though his past should not be brought up. I am surprised they don’t have David Duke front and center.

    • 83 Margie James
      August 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Miserable POS !!!! Signed it, re-tweeted it, and posted it on Facebook.

  20. 84 Ladyhawke
    August 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Matt ‏@thearabianjew

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    RNC Chairman @Reince Priebus opens “we built this” themed Nat’l Convention under giant display of nat’l debt clock.

    ———————————–

  21. 89 lisalovesobama
    August 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Meet The Pooper is on Hardball. Everyone trying to build up Willard’s coming speech. ha! His speech is gonna be typical. He’s never come through in his speeches. They are always vacuous and filled with lies. It’s gonna be all Obama Bashing. :roll: — idiots. Can’t wait for PBO. That’s the speech to watch for. Gonna be AWESOME!!!!!!!

  22. 94 collegekay
    August 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I feel it is appropriate to share a quick story on this thread since it is relevant to the post.

    Last week school started, and today we officially kicked off our voter registration efforts for OFA here on campus. We had our voter registration table set up in our student center — where we eat and chill. When the media says young Americans aren’t excited about this election, they are lying. I go to an HBCU so it’s basically all black students and they were eager to register to vote. Others requested absentee ballots so they can vote in their states — PA, MI, OH were the most popular. We only had our table set up from 10:30-2pm, but we got a lot of registrations and people willing to volunteer for the campaign.

    And did I mention this was our first day? I’m absolutely confident that young supporters will turn out. We’re not stupid. We know the stakes of this election. We know all about the budget proposals put forward by Romney and Ryan (our school newspaper even had a front page story about how a Romney Presidency would be bad for education).

    I’ve been sort of down about Romney’s blatant race baiting and ugliness, but days like today make me feel inspired and hopeful. I encourage everyone to go to their local OFA, make calls, and register voters. Do data entry if you’re not conformable with engaging people. It can be uplifting. Romney may outspend us, but he certainly won’t out-organize us. :)

  23. August 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Everyone was an Obama supporter on Hardball! You know why? Because our OFA Florida HQ us right there, in Ybor City. Hello?

    • 100 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      But but but, didn’t Willard have 46 “victory offices” all over FLORIDA, with volunteers that were fired up and ready to go?!?! Where are they? Where are all the young people for Willard? Where are all those senior citizens who are pumped and ready to to embrace the RR medicare plan and want ACA repealed? Isn’t the MSM always telling us that PBO supporters are unenthusiastic, sitting home depressed, sad, dejected, despondent, deflated, demoralized, etc?!? The young fellow not only said that he supported PBO, he also said that EVERYONE HE knew at the University of South FL was for PBO!

    • 101 Smoothscotch
      August 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Which is why I don’t understand that report from Ed ‘s show about seniors and some 50 + believe the gopers lies about the Medicare cuts.

  24. 102 Ladyhawke
    August 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Why Obama should run on the success of the stimulus

    Everything you think you know about it is wrong: stimulus saved the US economy, and only Republicans stopped it working better

    By Michael Cohen

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

    All of this bring us to the present day – and why the debate over the stimulus still matters for 2012. This presidential election represents a clear choice between two very different visions about the role of government. On the one hand, there are Democrats who accept the Keynesian notion that counter-cyclical spending is essential for spurring growth and job creation in times of economic distress. On the other hand, there are Republicans who view tax cuts and tax cuts only as the tool for spurring economic growth and additionally are supporting massive non-defense spending cuts to the federal budget.

    Yet, the last four years have shown us the results of such contrasting policies. Until the stimulus ran its course, the US economy grew and unemployment went down, albeit haltingly. This didn’t happen at a pace to put a serious dent in the downturn, but if anything, that appears the result of too little stimulus, rather than too much.

    Once Republicans were able to impose their will on the country, via Senate obstructionism and then control of the House of Representatives, they put in place more tax cuts and blocked any further government spending (even on traditional items like unemployment benefits for laid-off workers). The result will be of little surprise to austerity-bound Britons: stagnant economic growth and frustratingly high economic numbers. Indeed, the GOP’s austerity policies have resulted in hundreds of thousands of public-sector workers losing their jobs.

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

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/27/why-obama-should-run-success-stimulus

  25. 103 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Is amk still in engineering purgatory, tinkering around somewhere?!?! :lol:

  26. 113 Linda
    August 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Erin McPike thinks that ” the entire country ” will be watching Romney’s speech on Thursday.

    Wow….I sure will not be watching…

    ( I wonder what color her hair will be by Thursday)

    • 114 0388jojothecat
      August 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      More like the “entire MSM punditry” will be watching is commenting, puffing up him up, and getting his speech out there to people like me and others who won’t be watching.

    • 115 dotster3
      August 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      I see the media setting this up—–what Romney needs to do—-be emotional, talk about Ann and her MS etc., make himself into a human———and they will all say “He Did It!” I’ve seen this movie before. I remember almost the entire media said McCain won the debate! What a joke! Until all the instant polls came in. But they will all say Willard did what he needed to do. They’re almost saying it already, jumping the gun, just like FOX declaring this is the Best Convention Ever!!!, and it has only been in session for 3 short minutes. They’re all transparent—–and lying manipulators.

    • 116 COS
      August 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      I definitely won’t be watching that sea of white with no diversity. (no offense to anyone)

  27. 117 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    The Young Americans for Obama site is gorgeous!

  28. 118 lisalovesobama
    August 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Tweety on Rev Al. He’s really disgusted by the dog whistling.

    • 119 COS
      August 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      I feel that Tweety detest Robney as much as we do. I am so happy that he is speaking out on the racist codes, and I am happy that Rev. Al. let him continue his rant on his show.

      • 120 lisalovesobama
        August 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        Yeah. He definitely doesn’t like him as a person. What’s that commercial that always comes on MSNBC? ……….THE MORE YOU KNOW………….the more you hate. Disgusting creep.

  29. 121 cookemom
    August 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Tell it Chris! I think he’s gonna have to chill some, or he’s gonna need a paramedic to follow him around the convention.

  30. 123 lisalovesobama
    August 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Tweety asking why Willard is being and going so nasty when he’s ahead in national polls. My response: the internals are a nightmare.

  31. 125 susanne
    August 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    ‘ Brent crude oil futures fell toward $112 a barrel on Monday, reversing early gains as Tropical Storm Isaac shuttered refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast, cutting demand for crude. ‘

    gosh, i thought oil prices were dependent on pbo policies! oh, but they’re down, so it must be the weather.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/27/us-markets-oil-idUSBRE83H17O20120827

    • 126 0388jojothecat
      August 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      It’s amazing how on the west coast if the price of gasoline is $3.89 one day and there is a refinery fire the next day…..the price goes up IMMEDIATELY. In two weeked it has gained .25 cents.

      • 127 susanne
        August 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        it is very interesting–and check out the bloomberg piece i linked to below. there’s a big problem with lack of oversight for business, due to reductions in government workers. rethugs love this, but it costs the taxpayers more, and just feeds the international corporations’ hungry maw.

  32. 128 lisalovesobama
    August 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Tweety going after Rancid Pubus again. Ha!! Damn, Tweety’s mad!

    • August 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Lisa, it’s good to know he’s staying on it. All our calls and tweets of support surely must have buoyed him and it’s great that @OFA_FL is so organized as to have plenty of #PBO supporters in the audience!!

      #PRESSON

      • 130 lisalovesobama
        August 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        He basically said that others might not like him ringing the bell on repuke dog whistling so loud but he’ll be darn happy to continue calling it out. ………. Well. Something tells me that The Newsroom is having an effect on some people. If only more in the media would learn this lesson. They aren’t supposed to be stenographers and corporate whores. They are journalist. They are supposed to be the last line of defense against dishonesty, greed and corruption. Instead, they are dishonest, greedy and corrupt.

        • August 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

          “They aren’t supposed to be stenographers and corporate whores. They are journalist. They are supposed to be the last line of defense against dishonesty, greed and corruption. Instead, they are dishonest, greedy and corrupt.”

          Yep!!!

          • 132 gcwp1
            August 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

            Chris is vain. I always got Want to Be a Popular Kid vibe from him. Thank you to all those who “reinforced his good behavior.” Maybe he’ll enjoy being on our sode.

  33. 133 susanne
    August 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    ‘ After spending a few days here waiting for the 2012 Republican National Convention to start, I have an initial impression to share about my first political convention.

    It is really weird. ‘

    truly interesting, tods!! great photos!!

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/rnc-security-republican-national-convention-2012-8#ixzz24msHJZmU

    • 134 vcprezofan2
      August 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Is all this security normal? I don’t remember seeing that much from the 2008 conventions, though I wasn’t as involved as I am this time. Still it all seems a bit excessive. Have I missed something? Are there expectations of rioting, maybe?

      • 135 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        August 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm

        No, the 2008 DNC in Denver looked NOTHING like that. I was there. We were able to freely move about the city.

        • 136 vcprezofan2
          August 28, 2012 at 8:59 am

          That’s what I thought, Alycee. So, the question in the back of my mind is why is it now necessary for the RNC to have such heavy security presence? Of course, because I don’t trust them I start to wonder if they did it for show – to try to create the impression that they fear for their leaders’ lives thereby ramping up the fear factor and the paranoia among their supporters. Yeah, I know, Idon’t trust anything they do.

    • 138 0388jojothecat
      August 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Ronald Reagan took a real case and exaggerated it by describing a “welfare queen with 80 alias, getting veterans benefits, welfare, and social security who lived on the “south side of Chicago”. I would wager that the south side of Chicago is probably 99% and not too many whites live there. I am glad Tweety told him he knew he was talking BS and that Tweety was telling the truth about the GOP using racial buzz words to get more white votes.

    • 139 susanne
      August 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      horrible. you people are the racists, because you people assume our snarking about welfare is referencing the blahs.

  34. 140 Ladyhawke
    August 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    THE MOST IMPRESSIVE DEMOCRAT OF THE WEEK = “ELIZABETH WARREN”

    —— “Look, Brown might not be the worst Republican, but he is a Republican, and quite obviously the extremists have taken over the party. If you elect him, he is going to help them pass all sorts of crazy bills.

    By Chris Weigant

    —————————————-

    But we’re going to hand the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award to Elizabeth Warren, who is making the best argument all Democratic candidates could be making at this point. Up against Scott Brown, who was very quick to condemn Todd Akin and call for him to drop out of the race, Warren began making her case. It’s a great campaign theme, and it could work for a lot of Democrats out there. In a nutshell, what Warren is arguing (paraphrased, this is not an actual quote): “Look, Brown might not be the worst Republican, but he is a Republican, and quite obviously the extremists have taken over the party. If you elect him, he is going to help them pass all sorts of crazy bills. The Republican Party has gone off the deep end, and electing Scott Brown is only going to encourage them to further nonsense in the future.”

    For not only making this case within her own campaign, but for providing a template for many other Democratic candidates, Elizabeth Warren is our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week this week.

    ———————————————

    http://www.chrisweigant.com/2012/08/24/ftp224/#more-6122

  35. 141 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Just wanted to let you all know that I am really President Obama’s twin sister. And by the way, Ann Romney is a regular COSTCO costumer.

    • August 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      :lol: Hello Barackella!

      • 143 0388jojothecat
        August 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        ……or Barackette.,,,,Barachel ( I kinda like that…Barachel).

        • August 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          “Barachel”?

          I think I’m going to call my stray cat that, I’ve been trying to think of a name for five years. :cool:

          • 145 0388jojothecat
            August 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm

            :) awwwwwe….a sweet widdle puddie tat?

            • August 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

              Well, a sweet widdle puddie tat who is now so hopelessly spoilt she won’t eat cat food any more – she demands my mother’s homemade lasagne :roll:

              • 147 vcprezofan2
                August 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

                Is she still around? Oh lordy, I have a very, very vague memory of her and something to do with birds singing, or some such. She can’t still be ‘widdle’, especially if she has a lasagne fetish.

                • August 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

                  She’s still around VC, I have no idea what age she is but I’m beginning to think she was -12 when she arrived in my garden. She’s certainly not widdle any more – I actually tried to get her to run around the garden one day in the hope that she might, you know, burn off some calories, but she just sat looking at me, then turned over waiting for a rubby on her chubby tummy. Most of the time she makes me feel like Usain Bolt. Would you like a cat, by ay chance?

                  • 149 vcprezofan2
                    August 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

                    ‘Most of the time she makes me feel like Usain Bolt.’ In that case I don’t see how you can part with her! ;) ;)

                    But, if you really don’t like the Bolt feeling, offer her to Barahopefruitchelle or Barachopefruitelle. She LURVES cats! She always sighs and coos each time you put up a cat picture. I can hear her even when she doesn’t say it out loud.

      • 152 hopefruit2
        August 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        LOL! :) :) Some people call me Barackephine; Others call me Barackelle, Barackina works half the time. It’s your choice what you want to call me!

    • 158 Claire
      August 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      ROTFL!!! The Costco shirt stuff is just too much. How fake can these people be??

      • 159 vcprezofan2
        August 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        Why do I find this action insulting? Is AnnD implying that buying shirts at Costco brings them closer to the common folk? Who counsels these jokers, or do they come up with this stuff on their own? Honestly!! I really do believe that most politicians figure the average voter is an ignoramus who can’t read between the lines.

    • 160 lisalovesobama
      August 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Could you believe that witch? Ha! I wish someone could have leaned over and told her that COSTCO’s a Dem corporation and had backed PBO. I would have loved to see the look on that freak’s face. I hate that turd, almost as much as I hate her wimp of a husband.

      • 161 0388jojothecat
        August 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        Uh oh….the Walton family won’t like that. I know they give lots of money to the GOP.

        • 162 lisalovesobama
          August 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

          Oh, jojo {{said with snide condescension}} don’t you know my dear, that there’s a HUGE difference between the types of people who go to COSTCO versus those who go to Walmart?! ……..Really! #youpeople

          • 163 0388jojothecat
            August 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

            LOL, yeah LLO….My friend calls me a “snob” because I don’t shop at Walmart because a lot of poor people shop there ( i give him a hard time telling him he’s taking food from the poor for low prices when he can afford to pay more). I don’t shop at Walmart because they don’t pay their people a living wage and I don’t support a business that demands money from cities to build stores yet we the taxpayer has to pay THEIR employees medical and give them food stamps because Walmart won’t pay them a living wage.

            • 164 lisalovesobama
              August 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm

              Walmart sucks. I don’t shop there either.

              • 165 carolyn
                August 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

                jojo, that’s why I refuse to whop at Walmart too. They horribly mistreat their employees….and I just laughed when I heard Mitt and Ann bragging about shopping at Costco….The owner is a big contributor to Obama. How delicious!

              • August 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

                Walmart is the seventh rung of hell. I only go there to pick up my sister’s medicine for her…if not for that, I would never darken their door.

    • August 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Have you had a few Margaritas?

    • August 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Is it just me or does Romney always look sweaty and unkempt?

  36. 172 susanne
    August 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    a very interesting piece from bloomberg, about the costs of mass transit in the u.s., versus in other countries. seems a big part of the problem is the lack of government employees to oversee contracts–so much of the process is handled by private companies, that costs go up. i repeat, costs go up when private companies do more of the work! here’s a business site, advocating more government oversight!

    ‘ A huge part of the problem is that agencies can’t keep their private contractors in check. Starved of funds and expertise for in-house planning, officials contract out the project management and early design concepts to private companies that have little incentive to keep costs down and quality up. ‘

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-26/u-s-taxpayers-are-gouged-on-mass-transit-costs.html

    • 173 0388jojothecat
      August 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      I know….but all you hear is that “government needs to be privitized”. This guy I used to work with who was also a “government” employee talked about how lazy city workers are and I reminded him he is a “government” worker…is he lazy? (yeah he was…he was fired for not doing enough work).

  37. 174 prettyfoot58
    August 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Rendell says…lucky he is not in the Romney campaign…lucky for WHO…i think he overrates himself…

    • 175 lisalovesobama
      August 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      He’s an ass. He should go work for them. Look at all the money he’s losing out on with all his free advice for the Willard campaign. We won’t miss him. He’ll be a pox on their houses and we’ll be well rid of him.

      • 176 Claire
        August 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

        I agree! Rendell is untrustworthy. I can’t stand him.

        • 177 lisalovesobama
          August 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

          The guy’s a whore. If Willard offered him twenty bucks and a tap on the ass, he’d be blowing that campaign from here to eternity.

      • 178 prettyfoot58
        August 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        Oooooooo weeeeeeeeeee….Lisa…he gets on my last nerve…

      • 179 hopefruit2
        August 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        He was on Andrea Mitchell today and he looked VERY depressed. He’s seen the writing on the wall. His efforts at undermining PBO certainly have not worked in the state of PA.

  38. 180 lisalovesobama
    August 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Oh my god. Rev Al showing PBO’s acceptance speech. I got a nasty flash and imagined Willard and crew plagerizing it. {{{{{{shudder}}}}}}

  39. August 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    • 187 COS
      August 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      I ordered the birth certificate cup and button when vile Robney made the birther joke as my way of donating on that particular day.

  40. 188 isonprize
    August 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I am so happy that the campaign used the picture of the young black girl sitting with President Obama. I just LOVE that picture. So natural, just like it’s an everyday thing to be chillin’ with the President of the United States.

    THAT’S HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE!! Everyone should be able to relate to the Commander-in-Chief, EVERYONE!! Have I said how much I love that photo?? :grin: :grin:

  41. 189 Dudette
    August 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Christie chose NJ over Mitt’s VP role due to fears that they’d lose: sources
    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/christie_had_veeping_doubts_b1gkN5io8CtDgcuiuEgMqL#ixzz24n58gW4I

    • 190 lisalovesobama
      August 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Duh. :roll: at least he can see the writing on the wall……unlike some people ie: Willard and that skunk he’s married to.

  42. August 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Completely off-topic, but have you seen this? Sixth bridge collapse in China in a year!?!?!

    “According to the official Xinhua news agency, the Yangmingtan Bridge was the sixth major bridge in China to collapse since July 2011.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/25/world/asia/collapse-of-new-bridge-underscores-chinas-infrastructure-concerns.html?_r=1

  43. 195 prettyfoot58
    August 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    racism-is-only-path-to-white-house

    The Republican party no longer believes in racism as simply an electoral strategy. The national party, writ large, believes that racism is in fact right. And Mitt Romney? Is he a racist? He sure hasn’t done anything to tame his party’s flagrant racism, except to egg it on. His policies are no less harsh on minorities than those advocated by the conservative champion, and his running mate, Paul Ryan. Romney is that party’s nominee, and he knows full well that it doesn’t just provide his best chance to win the White House; he knows it’s his last and only chance.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/08/racism-is-only-path-to-white-house-for.html

  44. 196 Dudette
    August 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    NASA Mars Curiosity Rover To Debut New ‘Will.i.am’ Song

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/nasa-mars-curiosity-rover-to-debut-new-willi

    NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover, currently beginning scientific operations on the Red Planet, will serve as the official broadcasting platform for a new single by pop musician Will.i.am (best known for being a lead member of the group Black Eyed Peas). The new single, called “Reach For the Stars” will be played from the rover and streamed live on NASA’s website at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

    At the same event, will.i.am will debut a “new science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics initiative” for students through his nonprofit foundation “featuring NASA assets such as the Mars Curiosity Rover,” NASA explained Monday.

  45. 197 anniebella
    August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    What is POTUS and VP Biden’s schedule tomorrow?

    • August 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Don’t know about VP Biden Anniebella, but here’s PBO’s:

      10:30: President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

      10:45: Departs Joint Base Andrews

      1:05: Arrives in Des Moines, Iowa

      2:05: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Iowa State University

      4:40: Departs Des Moines en route Fort Collins, Colorado

      Later (will check time tomorrow): Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Colorado State University

      • 199 hopefruit2
        August 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

        Mark Knoller must be pissed. He was so desperately hoping that PBO would not be able to campaign because of Hurricane Isaac. He kept tweeting over and over that Biden had to cancel plans to campaign in Tampa on Monday and Tuesday, and that PBO may have to change his campaign plans because “he couldn’t afford to be campaigning while areas were getting hit by the hurricane.” I quickly tweeted him back that the Republicans couldn’t afford to be partying at the RNC convention, visiting stripper clubs in Tampa, and denouncing government while Republican voting states were getting hit by the storm and begging for government assistance.

  46. 202 dotster3
    August 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Sorry but need to commiserate. Long time NBC Chicago political reporter, Carol Marin, just gave a very disheartening report on the evening news on the status of the pres. race. One point race, all the states surrounding Illinois that Obama won comfortably in ’08 now toss-up—-Ia., Mi., Wi. She credited the addition of Paul “rape is just another form of conception” Ryan for the tightening. I think the huge money misleading ad buys are having an effect—–saw that “Obama/welfare” google is highest in the battleground states where those ads are running continuously. Marin looked kinda happy about the horse race status. All American media has appeared to be dying for a horse race, and they allowed it, by not confronting all the lies as they were happening, allowing false charges to pass unchallenged. And it continues. Tweety’s one rant is not going to make the diff. I see all the media falling all over themselves—gleeful—- promoting Willard and the Repub convention. Caught some of CNN’s Willard special last night—-misunderstood when someone on twitter said to watch—-and it was the most blatant Willard promotion documentary ever conceived. The Romney campaign could not have done better. Anyhoo—I’m so disgusted with the whole lot of them. It’s not some game, some contest for viewers and ad money. There are such unbelievable possible consequences. SIGH!

    • August 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Hang in there Dotster, PBO will crush Romney in the debates, I have no doubt. That’s when the MSM won’t be able to write and manipulate the narrative any more.

    • 206 anniebella
      August 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      I could be wrong, but I’m not buying all that B.S. I am not going for the doom and gloom by the media. Now it may mean it will be a close race, but POTUS said that. And that mean we have just as much chance to win as Romney. Next week it’s the Democratic Convention, it will be our turn to have the spotlight. With ex-President Clinton speaking and he will command the stage. Then POTUS will have his turn.

    • 207 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Dotster, please do not allow these MSM reports to get to you. Here are some facts.

      1. According to right-leaning CNN, PBO is now up four pts in FL (That exceeds the amount he won by in 2008, where he had a DECISIVE win of 3pt margin). At this time in 2008, PBO was LOSING to John McCain in FL. If Romney loses FL, he loses the election, PERIOD. It’s not a matter of MI, or WI, or IA. If he loses FL, he loses the election.

      2. Do you see PBO, Biden or anyone in the O-camp rushing to WI or MI? No. Even Little Nate today had to admit that the Presidential race in MI is NOT a toss-up, it’s BLUE.

      3. The media is not gleeful – not anymore. They are panicking and are simply following orders to make up stories if necessary, and so is the RNC/GOP because their internal polls tell them Willard is losing. This is why he has been advised to go all out birther…it’s the last resort…and the strategy of a losing campaign.

      • 208 anniebella
        August 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

        It’s our spotlight next week. And one thing we can do is turn to a President who when he was in office we created 23 million jobs, when he left office he left a surplus, and you better believe Bill Clinton will have something to say about the lying welfare ads. dotster3 just remain strong, keep the faith, register more voters,

    • 209 criquet
      August 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Take heart:

    • August 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      It seems like a lot of the stuff you watch is very negative. Try not to let it seep into your outlook. If you can possibly do some volunteering, it would help in every way.

    • 213 taiping1
      August 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Best person to follow on polls is @JeffersonObama. Lots of GOP leaning polls, over sampling seniors and whites. He does what Nate Silver did before he sold out.

  47. August 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I fully support Chris Matthews, love his honesty (I know he gets mixed reviews here).

    But he has definitely been a catalyst for the cowardly “liberal” MSM today which has jumped on the “R-money racist campaign to appeal to working class whites” meme. That alone is worth something.

    “This isn’t where the Romney campaign hoped it would be in August. Recall that Team Romney began with three premises for how to win this election. The first was to make this a referendum, not a choice. The second was to keep it focused on the economy. The third was to bow to Obama’s essential likability by treating him as a decent guy who is simply in over his head.”

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/08/2012-or-never-for-gops-white-base.html

    (posted by Ladyhawke on an earlier thread)

  48. 216 Dudette
    August 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    RNC gift bag book touts health care mandates ‘for everyone in the country’

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/27/rnc-gift-bag-book-touts-health-care-mandates-for-everyone-in-the-country/

    A gift bag being handed out to delegates at this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa contains a little something the party thought it had sent down the memory hole a long time ago: Mitt Romney’s argument that Obama-style health care mandates would work “for everyone in the country.”

    It’s a passage that Romney had edited out of his book “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” which RNC-goers are being given this year. Problem is, the RNC is handing out Romney’s original text, from back when he actually wasn’t apologizing for what he once considered to be his greatest accomplishment as Massachusetts governor.

    The slip-up was first spotted by Washington Examiner writer Philip Klein, who noted that page 177 of the candidate’s book says, “We can accomplish the same thing [universal health care] for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care.” The edited version claims Romney’s health care mandate “was done without government taking over health care.”
    [more in the article]

  49. 217 carolyn
    August 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This past weekend my husband and I went to Rowlett TX, a suburb of Dallas to see our son and his family….mainly my three darling grandchildren!!! When we visit we stay at a Comfort Suite close to them….Sunday morning my husband was sitting in the breakfast room. Fox was on. Two long distance truckdrivers were the only other people in the room. My husband said Romney’s picture came up on the screen, and one of the men said, “That man never worked a day in his life. I’ll have to work until I die.” He won’t be voting for Romney.
    I believe that more and more people are seeing that this man is not a normal person. Ryan’s social agenda will wear thin…..whatever those polls around the state of Illinois say now, remember Sarah’s temporary influence? Ryan’s will wane.
    Romney is total scum!!!

    • August 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      That trucker is spot on. “I’ll have to work until I die” – yep. Sums up the lives of many in this country.

      • 219 jackiegrumbacher
        August 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        So is this the “white” vote Romney is counting on? As I mentioned earlier, a trucker I encountered Saturday told me Romney was a crook who got his and didn’t care about anyone else.

    • August 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      I strongly believe that many people do view Romney as an entitled, arrogant jack ass. One of the first mistakes he made was saying that people who criticized him envied him and continually insulting people with his smarmy opinions. And when people tune into the debates and see his condescending smugness and hideous inappropriate laughter, this will crystallize even more.

  50. 221 Dudette
    August 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    The man who wants to be the leader of the Rapepublican Party fires up the Etch-A-Sketch once again
    ———————————————
    Following Akin Controversy, Romney Shifts Position On Abortion [video accompanies the article]

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/08/27/753491/following-akin-controversy-romney-changes-position-on-abortion/

    Just one week after Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) “legitimate rape” comments caused a political firestorm, Mitt Romney appears to have shifted his rhetoric on abortion.

    Despite repeatedly insisting that he only supports abortion in cases of rape, incest, and if the woman’s life is in danger, Romney told CBS Evening News on Monday that he believes that the procedure should be legal if the woman’s “health and life” is in danger:

    “My position has been clear throughout this campaign,” Romney said. “I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother….This is a matter in the courts, it’s been settled for some time in the courts.” …

  51. 225 Dudette
    August 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Gee! I wonder if the Trumpster will choke onthe droppings from that animal on his head when he hears one of his former apprentices just won a billion-dollar contract with the federal govt to help implement the Affordable Care Act!
    ————————-
    Dr. Randal Pinkett: How he landed a billion-dollar government contract by ‘putting in the time and energy’

    http://thegrio.com/2012/08/27/dr-randal-pinkett-how-he-landed-a-billion-dollar-government-contract-by-putting-in-the-time-and-energy-it-takes-to-achieve/

    If you are looking for someone who personifies academic and business success in the African-American community, Dr. Randal Pinkett is your go-to guy. Most people remember his rise to fame as the winner of the fourth season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, a high point of his career — but there is much more to the man than this 2005 victory. Dr. Pinkett is a Rhodes Scholar, track star, author of multiple books, and has received two master’s degrees and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Most recently, Dr. Pinkett’s company, BCT Partners, was awarded a billion dollars in contracts from the U.S. government to help implement President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.. [snip]

    …Dr. Pinkett’s latest new horizon is the broadest of his career. His firm, BCT Partners, was just awarded two contracts from the Department of Health and Human Services worth close to $1 billion to upgrade its healthcare technology infrastructure. The goal is to bring healthcare technology into the 21st century… [more in the article]

    • 226 Dakota
      August 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      I love this!!! Dr. Pinkett was the only AA winner at that time and Trump tried to get him to share the title with the runner up who was a white woman…”She did so well. It was so close.” I was so incensed when he did that. He’s NEVER made that request of any of the other winners. Dr. Randall declined and people actually booed him. This is SWEET revenge for Dr. Randall.

  52. 228 dotster3
    August 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Iowa St. campus—-Obama tickets and voter registration

    https://twitter.com/CC_Ross/status/240182108188971008

  53. 230 Claire
    August 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    The Democratic Party needs to do much better on the medicare issue. Every time people hear romney/ryan talk medicare they should hear vouchercare. The voucher term is a big turn off. Use the language that works.

    • 231 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      I think the DEMS are doing as good a job as they possibly can at this time. With the few remaining weeks of campaigning, the DNC convention, and the seniors of FL putting aside their racism for one day and voting responsibly, we will see some movement in the right direction.

      • 232 Claire
        August 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

        I think they should raise the bar… Dems can do better. I think we can.

        • 233 hopefruit2
          August 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm

          Sometimes I think it’s just the passage of time that’s required. Remember Ryan was selected as VP just 3 weeks ago. Furthermore, I wouldn’t be surprised if the pollsters confuse the respondents about Ryan’s plan and they don’t know that Romney’s plan for medicare is the SAME plan as Ryan’s voucher plan. The same poll says that voters dislike Ryan’s voucher plan, claim they prefer Romney’s medicare plan? How can this be possible? Romney and Ryan are on the same ticket!

  54. 234 Dudette
    August 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Americans Are More Interested in Bill Clinton’s Convention Speech Than Romney’s

    http://www.politicususa.com/americans-interested-bill-clintons-convention-speech-romneys.html

    According to new poll by the Pew Research Center, more Americans are interested in Bill Clinton’s convention speech (52%) than Mitt Romney’s (44%). The Pew Research Center poll found that only 44% of Americans are interested in Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech. Interest in Romney’s speech among Republicans (76%) is about the same as it was for previous GOP nominees in 2008 and 2000, but only 40% of Independents are interesting in what Romney will say on Thursday night.

    Just 46% of Americans, and 41% of Independents are interested in Paul Ryan’s speech, and more people are interested in the Republican Party platform (50%) than they are in Romney or Ryan… [snip]

    …In contrast, 51% of those surveyed expressed interest in President Obama’s acceptance speech…[snip] …Clinton and Obama are in a virtual statistical tie in terms of interest, but the former president blows Mitt Romney out of the water in terms of interest…. [snip]

    …The Republicans don’t have anyone speaking at their convention who possesses the kind of credibility on the economy that Bill Clinton has. Whatever the Republicans argue this week, Bill Clinton will knock it down next Wednesday. The problem for Mitt Romney is that most Americans will side with the persuasive and powerful ex-president. [more in the article]

    • 235 anniebella
      August 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      I am looking forward to Bill Clinton speech next week. He will answer Mitt Romney lies about that welfare ad too, count on it. You guys know it goes without saying I’m looking forward to POTUS speech also. And VP Biden and FLOTUS and ex-Gov. Crist.

      • 236 daisydem
        August 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        I too am excited about the speeches next week: Bill Clinton, our wonderful, handsome, lovely V.P Joe Biden, our beautiful First Lady Michelle and then finally our esteemed President, Barack Obama. And if people are getting all excited about Clinton speaking and people are feeling it will eclipse our President’s speech … no way .. first and foremost, remember Clinton is speaking and then introducing our President by our President’s request, very important to remember! And I think that Bill Clinton will know that; he will tailor his speech to that (he is a very smart man, and he has had his turn, plus I really believe in my gut that he wants what is best for his party and his country) and then too, we have heard our President speak, has he ever disappointed? He is perhaps the greatest orator since JFK; he will knock it out of the park. Get your tissues ready!

    • 237 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      I’m glad that voters are enthusiastic about Clinton’s speech. I like Clinton and I’m also excited and looking forward to his speech. But I would prefer if the MSM kept the comparisons equivalent instead of comparing apples to oranges. Clinton should be compared to another Romney surrogate invited to speak on Romney’s behalf, and Romney should be compared with President Obama.

      The way they did it is to subtly undermine PBO by trying to use Clinton to eclipse him. I can see where they’re going with that . Clinton will be credited primarily for the DNC being a success, and for an Obama victory in Nov. But in reality, Clinton is actually a very small part of the overall package of the Obama campaign. Every grassroots phonebanker, canvasser, fundraiser, etc is also a part of the success of this campaign. The problem for Mitt Romney is that Barack Obama is the better candidate, always was and always will be. PERIOD.

    • 240 lisalovesobama
      August 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Bill Clinton is the last person I want to hear from at the Dem convention. I don’t trust him and I don’t like him. I’d much rather hear from Crist whom I really can stand. He was a decent gov for Florida.

      • 241 daisydem
        August 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

        Lisa … let it go. Bill Clinton was asked by our President to introduce him. If President Obama has forged a new relationship with Bill Clinton, then so be it. Of course, I am still a Clinton fan, not of his personal mishaps, but his political endeavors.

        • 242 lisalovesobama
          August 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

          What are you talking about? Let go of my dislike of Clinton? What? I don’t care that Clinton is speaking at the convention. It will be relatively easy for me to flip the channel or simply not watch him speak. As I said, I’m more interested in hearing Crist speak. My comment was more about my personal dislike of Clinton. I don’t like him nor do I trust him. Yes PBO seems to have formed a working relationship with him. Bully for them. I still don’t like Clinton. PBO could come out tomorrow and swear that they are besties and I’d still dislike Clinton with a passion. So, no I won’t let it go.

          • 243 jackiegrumbacher
            August 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

            Lisa, I’m not fond of him either and he gets more credit than he deserves because he not only caved on a lot of key issues, he also undermined Al Gore’s chances and left the country with George Bush. However, I utterly trust PBO political instincts and if he saw a good reason to have Clinton introduce him, then I accept that it was the right decision. Asshat R-money was trying to use Clinton as a wedge between Democrats and this tactic nips that idiocy in the bud.

            • 244 lisalovesobama
              August 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

              I couldn’t agree more, Jackie! I completely trust PBO’s decision to use Clinton’s narcissism to the campaign’s advantage. What’s that old saying? ‘ keep your friends close but your enemies closer’? Like say underfoot? So close that you can watch them like a hawk? Yep! I trust PBO’s judgement in this. Its much better to have that old coot right on stage where he’s the center of attention than off to the side and stuck in the corner saying who knows what to who knows who and stirring up a whole bunch of trouble. I absolutely think its a smart move. I just hate Bill Clinton. His legacy’s one of the biggest myths in existence. — never mind the expulsion of the Internet and the whole dotcom bubble! Oh, know! 23 million jobs just magically appeared because Bill Clinton made it so! Entitled bastard.
              ——-sorry. I can’t stand that creep and it has nothing to do with his personal escapades. It’s him. I don’t like him as a person, especially since 2008 and all the shit he’s been up to since then.

          • 246 daisydem
            August 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

            Lisa, I apologize. I am sorry that I replied to you to “let bygones be bygones” as apparently our President has. I see that you have some issues with the Clintons and apparently with Rachel Maddow as expressed below. Since you are a regular here, I do not wish to fight with you or argue in any way. I am a relative newcomer to this site and will as always appreciate what Chips does and the pictures she shares with us. I will for now become a lurker as I do not share your very passionate feelings, but I can respect your right to them. God bless you through this election process.

            • 247 lisalovesobama
              August 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

              Daisydem, I’ve seen you around here for a while now so I know you’re family. I do have problems with Bill Clinton and The Cow, but I don’t have a problem with you. Please don’t go back to lurking, this is supposed to be a free and open space where everyone has the chance and ability to bring relevant issues to the floor and discuss them. It’s okay to have differing views. You like Clinton and I don’t. Big deal. The most important thing is that we both support PBO and his administration. You and I are more than our like or dislike of one person. So stay, chat, get mad, disappear for a while if you want to, but always come back and always let your voice be heard. I never want to silence anyone, if you have a voice and want to speak, do it. I’m no republican, I don’t believe in silencing those who don’t agree with me on everything! ;) I’ll also apologize for my tone in responding. I do have an unnatural dislike for Bill Clinton and it does tend to cloud my mind. So please, don’t go back to lurking on account of me and my Bill Clinton issues. Okay?

  55. 248 criquet
    August 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  56. August 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Totally off-topic, but I am avoiding the evening TV this week and was exercising to the local Clear Channel Communications radio station (KKRQ). That one comes in the best in the back guest room and plays the oldies, so that’s why I picked it. I suspected it had some Fox connection – but now I’m sure. They CENSURE the bad words out of songs! I heard “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits (1985) – for almost 30 years I’ve been listening to it and now I hear “that little (blip) has his own jet airplane, that little (blip) is a millionaire!” Another time I heard Pink Floyd’s “Money” (also from the olden days), only to hear that immortal line “Don’t give me that do goody good (blip)”.

    Do they think these lyrics are corrupting us? I was reading up on Clear Channel Communications and they have been extremely conservative for 10 years, but this is ridiculous. Oh and they had a byout by Bain Capital in 2010. :lol: Anyhow – that’s my rant for the evening. Back to the GOP stuff, if you can stand it!

  57. 251 Zekke Lydonna
    August 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Joan Walsh is on Ed talking about her book ‘What’s the Matter with White People?’ I would suggest a new title. “What’s the Matter with Republicns”. It’s not a White problem, it’s a dumb ass, greedy bastard, problem.

  58. 252 criquet
    August 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  59. 254 Dudette
    August 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    PCCC Petition: HOLD REPUBLICANS ACCOUNTABLE for Opposing Disaster Relief

    http://act.boldprogressives.org/signup/gwa_flstorm/?src=inf

    Republicans have consistently cut disaster relief to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations:

    •Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget cut billions from disaster relief funding. 1
    •House and Senate Republicans blocked billions in disaster relief and emergency preparedness funding to FEMA in 2011.2 3
    •The 2011 House Republican budget cut more than $500 million from storm monitoring agencies.4

    This week, Republicans will “ensure the delegations housed in storm-impacted areas have alternative housing if needed.”5

    Republican politicians give themselves extra safety from the storm, but consistently leave Florida out in the cold…

    ————–
    itations:
    1.The Hill, “GOP appropriators ignore Paul Ryan on disaster relief offsets,” May 8, 2012
    2.Politico, “Senate GOP blocks Dem disaster aid,” Sept 12, 2011
    3.The Hill, “House panel moves to cut disaster aid,” May 24, 2011
    4.Slate, “GOP’s Continuing Resolution Cuts Funding for National Weather Service,” March 11, 2011
    5.Reince Preibus, “Chairman Priebus Memo Regarding RNC Convention,” August 25, 2012

    • 256 Ladyhawke
      August 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Elizabeth Warren TV ad: “Rose Garden”

      Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren worked with President Barack Obama to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to hold the big banks accountable and give working families a strong voice in Washington.

      http://www.elizabethwarren.com

  60. 257 criquet
    August 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  61. August 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t have a “way with words” like many on here have so I am just going to make a simple, straight-forward prediction: Since racism (and voter suppression) is RR’s only way to the WH, I predict that at some point in the next 79 days, the campaign will go too far and it will backfire big-time. Interested to know if any of you think that may happen??

    • August 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Very clear. Only one slight modification, from my perspective. They’ve already gone way too far – both racism and misogyny – and it’s going to hurt them very, very badly … all the way to the bottom of the ticket. Thank you!

      • August 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        Thanks, Bob. I, too, believe they’ve already gone too far, but my instincts tell me they will go even further and it could be something waaaaaayyyyy too far and really bad.

    • 261 Bill R.
      August 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Racism is a bad strategy for Romney/Ryan. They already have the racist vote sewed up. They are not going to gain from beating this drum any more.

  62. 262 criquet
    August 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  63. 263 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Brave Robin Roberts Announces Imminent Medical Leave from ‘GMA’

    // “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts will leave the ABC morning show for an extended medical leave, starting next week.

    This Friday, Aug. 31, will be her last day on “GMA” for the time being. Next Tuesday, she’ll enter a hospital to begin lengthy treatments for MDS — myelodysplastic syndrome — an ailment also known as “pre-leukemia.” Roberts, 51, made the announcement Monday morning on “GMA.” ABC News later issued its own press release. The announcements were unspecific about the length of Roberts’ absence, except to indicate that her treatment will take “months.” Among the treatments she’ll have to undergo — a bone marrow transplant with marrow donated by her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts //

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2012/08/27/brave-robin-roberts-announces-imminent-medical-leave-from-gma/

  64. August 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Following Criquet’s lead, here’s more perspective on polling, compared to 2004 (Bush v Kerry):

    And 2008:

  65. 265 criquet
    August 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Help – people need to be informed.

  66. 268 Dudette
    August 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    80-YEAR STUDY: Democrats BETTER At ECONOMICS

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021208145

    When it comes to which party is better for the economy, Republicans talk the talk, but it’s Democrats who deliver the goods according to an unusual 80-year study of the impact presidents have on growth, personal wealth, the stock market and even 401ks. The bottom line, according to Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box: Of the five best economic presidents since Herbert Hoover, only one is a Republican. The paydirt finding: $100,000 invested during the 40 years Republicans had the White House would be worth $126,027. The same amount invested in the stock market during the Democrat’s 40 years would be $3,912,210. “Our book is a myth buster,” said financial planner Bob Deitrick who co-authored Bulls, Bears with CPA and educator Lew Goldfarb… [more in the article]

  67. 269 Bill R.
    August 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    This is the poll that should scare the crap out of Romney/Ryan. Without Florida, they have no shot at all. Zero, zilch. And Vouchers are now the official plank of the GOP.

  68. 281 criquet
    August 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    For what it’s worth:

  69. 282 lisalovesobama
    August 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Can u believe this shit? The Cow just spent 20 minutes yakking about Ron Paul and Wilkard’s dissing of that old fool. :roll: seriously?

    • 283 isonprize
      August 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Lisa, who is ‘The Cow’? :shock:

    • 287 Nena20409
      August 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      I am laughing so much with your feeling about Dr. Rachel Maddow. RM does Ron Paul segments for that gets the Romney people to react always. Many of Ron Paul’s supporters are more educated than those supporting the Teabaggers. They don’t care for Romney and if enough of them were somehow encouraged not to turn up to vote, that is a good thing.

      I am still upset with Dr. Maddow for impersonating pres Obama in 2009/2010, during the BP Oil spill. She heard from me. I left her harsh messages and I wrote KO. Her issues are LGBTQ. She is not as she was. But I appreciate her intellect and her sense to get it right. I can’t convince you to stop calling her “Cow”, but you do watch her. That means, she has something that get you mad enough to tune in, right? Just an observation, not a criticism.

      • 288 lisalovesobama
        August 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        I’m only watching her now because she’s learned her lesson from 2010: ignore inter-party differences and focus n the common enemy. When PBO wins reelection, she’ll go back to bitching and ‘Cow’ will sound ie an affectionate pet name compared to all the other thins I’ve called her in the past and all the others illbe wig her in the future. So no. You won’t get me to stop log her ‘Cow’ cause it’s the nicest name I’ve ever aced r. I even took the Mad off of the Cow. Trust me, as rs hand I go, calling her Cow is a sign of affection.

        • 289 Nena20409
          August 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm

          But that is OK. Pres Obama doesn’t mind being challenged. So long as it is respectful. Well if Cow is a sign of affection. I will shut my mouth, for I understand now. Lisa, I like your honesty. I appreciate you very much.

  70. 290 pugeretto
    August 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Oh yeah Dudette, right on spot, love The Newsroom.

  71. 296 Dudette
    August 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    WOOOOT!!
    ———————————-
    US Justice Department to monitor Arizona elections

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014209211

    The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it will monitor primary elections in Arizona’s Maricopa County.

    The department said Monday that federal observers will be dispatched Tuesday to make sure that Maricopa County follows the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. That law prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.

    Observers will watch and record activities during voting hours at polling locations.

    Maricopa County officials, especially Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have come under fire for the treatment of Latino residents.

    • 297 hopefruit2
      August 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Excellent! Thanks DOJ.

    • 298 isonprize
      August 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      I’m hoping that the DOJ will come to Pennsylvania. WE NEED IT! These fools are crazy!! Now, they are saying that folks can get free ‘voter only ID’ if they can’t find a birth certificate. Just MORE hoops to jump through…

      • 299 jackiegrumbacher
        August 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        Actually. this is better than going through hoops at the DMV. If you certify that you don’t have the needed IDs, they’ll give you a photo ID if you’ve registered first. If you can’t do any of this, vote absentee. Register using your SS# before October 9; apply for absentee ballot by October 30. Submit ballot by November 2. It will be counted. Yes it would be nice to have the DOJ in every dicey state. Failing that, we all have to take on poll watcher roles on election day.

  72. August 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

  73. 302 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Will Brokaw make amends for the miserable showing he had on Morning Joke this morning? Or will he double down and continue to defend Willard’s racist behavior while playing the both sides do it false equivalency BS?

  74. August 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Al Giordano (via Facebook)

    Laugh of the day from the PR Newswire: “Akin Backers Ask Delegates To Delay Romney’s Nomination, Says Baldwin”

    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Supporters of embattled U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate , today called on pro-life delegates to the Republican National Convention to delay any Presidential nomination for Mitt Romney until GOP financial support for Akin’s candidacy is restored and Romney answers questions about his income from an abortion-related Bain Capital deal.

    Troy Newman, president of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, said, “Heaven sent a hurricane to hold off Gov. Romney’s coronation, so today we’re urging pro-life GOP delegates to abstain from any voting on Romney’s nomination until all GOP financial support for Todd Akin is reinstated and details of Romney’s income tax returns in connection with Bain’s Stericycle investment have been made public.”

  75. August 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I think it is interesting that the GOP is spending all this time trying to keep non-whites from voting, when it’s women they should be worried about. The President won by almost 10 million votes. 8 million of them were cast by women.

  76. 316 hopefruit2
    August 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Oh dear. No wonder the MSM is silent on this.

    • 317 Nena20409
      August 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Frankly, I don’t want this dominating the news. It really gives the crazy encouragements. I personally don’t like hearing about this type of Coup ‘d tat against CIC.

      • 318 dotster3
        August 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        I don’t like it because I think this kind of news gives people excuses to not vote for Obama, believing all the crazy will go away if he is not re-elected.

  77. August 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Score one for the good guys! An actual voting rights victory: http://www.theroot.com/buzz/voting-rights-victory-ohio

  78. 323 Claire
    August 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    STFU brokaw.

    • 324 isonprize
      August 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Wow, he IS pretty bad, isn’t he?

    • August 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      THIS!!!!! Thank you, Claire. I wanted to throw something. He just was not going to go with the racism from Romney.

      • 326 Claire
        August 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        I want to slap him.

        • 327 lisalovesobama
          August 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm

          Amen! Does he think he’s gonna get a job in a mythical Willard admin? :roll: brokaw is ridiculous. Bending over backwards to cover for Willard. No one in the media would ever have done this for PBO if he were ever so uncouth.

    • 328 Nena20409
      August 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Did you notice that His tune has change a tad from this morning? Chris Matthews did something that finally got the old fool to soften his idiotic stand from this morning. Now he is telling Romney Not to let Trump speak. That is a warning to Romney.

  79. 329 dotster3
    August 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I could do without Brokaw and Capehart’s hot tips for what Romney “needs to do”—–and pointless appearances. And Brokaw’s continuous excuses for Romney’s “jokes” (that he’s just an awkward joke-teller) and overall defense of Romney. Thank heavens for Joy Reid yanking it all back to reality, some truthful perspective. And ewwwww—-LOD just gushed over Brokaw, thanking him profusely for honoring him with his presence.

    • 331 Nena20409
      August 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      But of course, Brokaw and the rest of the 98% of the press covering pres Obama and Romney would have to check their racial biases if they look themselves in the mirror. That is why what Chris Matthews did was priceless. Matthews said it out loud and forcefully.

    • 332 Nena20409
      August 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Dotster, Capehart also spoke up on MJ over 9 days ago, too.

    • 333 anniebella
      August 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      If it was just Joy Reid. I would have watch it, but I can’t stand Brokaw and at time Capehart pisses me off too.

  80. August 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    FORT BLISS, Texas – President Obama will visit Fort Bliss, Texas, on Friday, the day after the Republican national convention ends, White House officials confirmed today.
    A White House official said the president will speak with troops and have a roundtable discussion with service-members and military families.

    http://www.denverpost.com/politics-national/?third_party=obama-will-meet-with-military-families-after-gop-convention-ends

  81. 336 Nena20409
    August 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I hope we get another thread.

    Any sighting of amk, yet?

    Today is the most time that I have spent at TODweb Village. I have loved every nanosecond of it. This is a brilliant site.

  82. August 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Missouri delegates side with Akin, not Robney! LOL!

  83. 338 desertflower
    August 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Quite a week for me, and I’m TRYING to catch up…but as long as your talking about polls, I thought I’d add this to the list:)

    http://www.latinodecisions.com/blog/2012/08/27/tracking-poll-wave-1-latino-vote-uphill-climb-for-romney/

    Just before the beginning of the Republican National Convention in Tampa presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to overwhelmingly lose the Latino vote and has low levels of favorability among the majority of the Latino electorate. The first weekly tracking poll of Latino registered voters by Latino Decisions and impreMedia reveals that 65% would vote to re-elect President Barack Obama and 26% would prefer the Republican alternative offered by Romney.


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