28
Aug
12

An Early Heads up: President Obama at Iowa State University

@geekgirl24

USA Today: While the GOP prepares to officially embrace Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee, President Obama is focusing his attention on courting young voters that the campaign believes can help push him over the top in three battleground states.

 Obama will campaign at three college campuses on Tuesday and Wednesday as he looks to energize young voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia.

 He’ll kick off his tour Tuesday with a stop at Iowa State University in Ames … and will be back in Iowa on Saturday for more campaigning.

 Later Tuesday, Obama heads to Fort Collins for a rally at Colorado State University…. he wraps up his college tour Wednesday at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville….

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2:05: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Iowa State University

KCCI * C-Span * CNN * CBS 1 * CBS 2

An early heads-up because streaming has started at the KCCI link (thank you JER!) …. and the music’s great

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Later:

7:20 Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Colorado State University


225 Responses to “An Early Heads up: President Obama at Iowa State University”


  1. 1 Elle in MI
    August 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hi all.

  2. 8 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Loving the crowd.

  3. August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

  4. 10 dotster3
    August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    photo/1

  5. August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm
  6. 12 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Didn’t realize y’all were here, so I’ll bring this over from the previous thread, if I may.

    This could change, but Bishop Dolan is scheduled to provide a blessing at the closing of the Repuke National Convention. There’s a petition being circulated to get him to change his mind and, instead of condoning Ryan and Romney, to “pray for the poor.” I believe he needs to hear from more than just Catholics, so he knows his stances are not coming across well among the American people. He always sounds to me as though he’s in it for the self-aggrandizement. If you’d care to sign, here’s the petition, which has nearly its goal of 25K signers:

    http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2518/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11472

  7. 15 Linda
    August 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    This from the local live feed….. Yikes

    President Obama just landed in Des Moines. It has been reported that it was a bit of a hard landing at DSM with some plates and other items breaking on the plane.
    by Jeremy Moser 1:06 PM

    Read more: http://livewire.kcci.com/Event/Live_Wire_President_Obama_visits_Ames#ixzz24rdGxWy4

  8. August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm
  9. August 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Almost time. Hi Elle and Veryslowwriter. Just here waiting for our President.

  10. 18 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    The Paulites won’t be shoved to the background. This is hilarious.

  11. August 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm
  12. 21 FiredUpInCA
    August 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Governor Jindal wants free stuff:

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has criticized Barack Obama for excessive federal spending, said the president isn’t providing enough funding to cover the costs of Tropical Storm Isaac.[...]

    The president’s declaration doesn’t provide for reimbursement of state expenses and Obama’s order provides only for “direct federal assistance,” Jindal wrote.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-28/jindal-says-obama-s-storm-funding-falls-short-of-state-s-needs

    It sounds like Jindal is trying to get free stuff, instead of pulling his state budget up by its boot straps and taking care of his state’s needs without federal interference.

    • 22 lamh35
      August 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Ain’t that some shit. Jindal playing politics with NOLA and the storms. I’m making darn sure my NOLA peeps know what Jindal is up to.

  13. 23 lamh35
    August 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I confess I’m a partisan (as we all are right), but I just can’t see anyone being swayed by Ann Romney. My whole fam and the majorty of my good friends that I speak to are all Dems or Dem-leaning people, so we are pretty much in a cocoon, so someone who does have more non-Dem friends is gonna have to clue me in, cause to us, Ms Ann just isn’t personable on TV not like Michelle O is. I have it on good authority, that Michelle O is just as personable in person as she seems on tv, so maybe Ann is different off camera, but on camera…meh.

    Plus I just don’t see anyone but partisans watching the convention anyway. So most people will see it in clips. I suspect that her speech will be geared towards the pundits and the MSM ’cause sadly they are the ones who are gonna be writing the stories and reading the news on the effectiveness of the speech.

    So if she hits it out of the ballpark for the pundits and hacks, I suspect that the media narrative will be set.

    anyway, other than Isaac coverage, I have absolutely NO PLANS to even turn my television onto any part of the RNC. That’s why I pay the big bucks for premium digital cable.

    • 24 daisydem
      August 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      I turn my tv to the weather channel, travel channel, tvland and Nick (for old reruns of comedy shows), sometimes the movie channels (I have expanded cable too, but forget to tune in half the time), then I open my laptop, come here to TOD, and a couple of other blogs and get the news! So much less stressful! Hubby has discovered Rachel! And I am glad. I want him to be informed and passionate about this election, but I let him watch, then I read here what she says! Works for me.

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      August 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Lamh,I think Ann appeals to the country club set or those who aspire (for some bizarre reason) to be part of that set. Like the, she is older, matronly and exceedingly rich. Plus, let’s face it, she’s white. Whatever polished script they hand her, she still comes across as angry and condescending–that’s her nature, which she’ll try to hide as much as possible. In the end, it won’t matter. No president was ever elected because people liked his wife. If people already like the candidate,a likeable wife is a nice bonus. If they don’t like the candidate, the wife can’t compensate.

      The media can blather on about how great Ann’s speech was, which means she had good speechwriters and expensive trainers. They will say Romney is the best speaker since William Jennings Bryan and it won’t matter. You can write good words, but unless you are Lawrence Olivier, you can’t fake sincerity. I remember how Peggy Noon was ecstatic over George HW Bush’s speech. She said he was magnificent, had hit it out of the park and way over the fence. And guess what? Clinton beat him.

  14. August 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Dan Señor working on Ryans speech, how comforting!

  15. 29 sherijr
    August 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Dems have launched a new website: http://www.dccc.org/page/-/back/index.html where you can pledge to “have his back” voting all dem to support POTUS w/ a dem congress.

    • August 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      If the opposition was a real opposition, I’d be hesitant to sign this petition, simply because it makes Dems lazy if they think they can sit around, not publicly supporting the President and his agenda, badmouthing the President in some cases – and not have to earn the vote of the people. But, these are desperate times – and I just hope that those Democrats who refuse to serve the people who elect them, can wake up and realize that these are desperate times for democracy, freedom, women and civil rights (and human rights – since Corporations are now people), and the economic health of the country.

      • 31 sherijr
        August 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        I agree with you theo, hopefully we get enough dems in who we can count on… thats what we have to build on, I think.

  16. 32 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Ha! There you all are, with virtually no space left for me. Come on, move over! I can squeeze in sideways there….right there! Umpf! Ta.
    Hey, anyone see Amk in the crowd? Can’t believe he isn’t here …somewhere. Hi old guy, miss you.

  17. August 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Anyone for some background info about ISU? That clocktower showing up in the photos is the ISU Campanile, containing a carillon which I’ve heard playing a few times (pretty neat). I don’t know much about it, since I’m associate with the OTHER U, but It has its own Wikipedia listing at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campanile_(Iowa_State_University) – but I know there’s a tradition about being kissed there at midnight…

  18. 40 relellit
    August 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I Congratulate you Elle in MI on 1st. You got a wonderful pic.

  19. 41 relellit
    August 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I brought this from the previous thread not sure if anyone saw it.

    Mark this as another Romney LIE.

    Queen Anne is a prevaricator.

    A. ROMNEY: I know how to shop Costco. You go in the door. Don’t — don’t — I don’t want everyone to learn this trick.

    (LAUGHTER) You go in the door, you take a sharp right, and you go way down to the back of the store and just go — just shop the outside of aisles, boom, boom, boom.

    M. ROMNEY: She also got me one of these three-packs of shirts the other day from Costco. And they’re…

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    Guess what? Costo doesn’t sell one or three packs of shirts. Costo doesn’t sell pack of shirts. I heard a caller this AM on Stephanie Miller saying they worked for Costo and that Costo doesn’t sell pack of shirts. I put in a search and found it to be true.

    http://www.cafepress.com/+pack-of-men-dress+t-shirts.

    http://www.cafepress.com/cp/viewcart.aspx?s=search

    • 42 relellit
      August 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Also :

      I don’t know how to tweet. Will someone please tweet that Costo doesn’t sell packs of shirts so we add it to the list of Romney LIES. Could some one tweet we want to see Queen Anne’s Costo card?

      How can anyone trust a ROMNEY when all they do is lie?
      Reply

    • 43 57andfemale
      August 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      I wondered about that too — the shirt thing. However, different stores have different items so I didn’t dwell.

      I did wonder, however, how Ann Romney went shopping at Costco ‘the other day’. I’d like documentation of that.

      If the Romneys do shop at Costco, however — thanks for supporting the Obama-loving founder and former CEO! We appreciate your business!

      • 44 57andfemale
        August 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        I would also add — if you’re so hell bent on saving some money, could you free up some of that 20M you made last year and start a business? Employ some American workers? Support a tech-savvy company that could bring broadband in the U.S. up to 21st century standards? Support a literacy program? Since you’re so proud of supporting the Mormon Church who uses its money to fight marriage equality, maybe you’d like to consider actually being a ‘job creator’. How much more tax money do you have to steal from this country before you have enough to actually do what you say your policies will do?

        Or do car elevator installers count enough for ‘job creation’ in your entitled universe?

    • 45 Linda
      August 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Maybe they were talking about under shirts ?

      • 46 57andfemale
        August 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        The original story said ‘dress shirts’ I believe.

        • 47 57andfemale
          August 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

          From the Sun-Times story:

          Just the other day, he said, his wife, Ann, bought him a three-pack of Costco’s Kirkland-brand dress shirts.

          “They’ve very nice shirts,” he told Fox News Sunday.

          “He’s wearing them all the time now,” his wife then volunteered.

          “I’m like, ‘that shirt looks pretty good. I got it at Costco.’”

          • 48 theo67
            August 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

            Clearly, this isn’t a regular occurrence, otherwise they wouldn’t be making such a heyday about it. We can all do something once. What’s more important is whether they plan to make it difficult for those who regularly shop at Costco to continue to shop for essentials and/or luxury items by robbing them of their taxes in order to pay for tax cuts for the rich. That’s what’s important.

          • 50 jacquelineoboomer
            August 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

            This is almost as much of a mockery as trying to prove you’re not racist because you “have black friends.”

    • August 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      August 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      The Romney’s twist themselves in so many lies they can’t keep anything straight. He’s probably conflating a number of stores and chose the name Costco because it sounds vaguely middle class to him.

  20. August 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    ‘Personalize’ ‘humanize’ … more like trying to SANITIZE the dude … and that’s just not possible ….

  21. 54 FiredUpInCA
    August 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    “This is what the Democratic National Committee is displaying on the digital billboard facing the Tampa Bay Times Forum. One image appears for 7.5 seconds every minute”:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/democrats-hit-romney-for-outsourcing-on-billboard

  22. 56 Rita
    August 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Have you all read this fascinating article by Michael Cohen in the Guardian? He researches Michael Grunwald’s book and argues why President Obama should run on the success of the stimulus. He says, what we all actually already know, that the stimulus is one of the President’s greatest achievements (a BFD!) and, would have worked even better if the republicans would have let it. Have a read: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/27/why-obama-should-run-success-stimulus

    “”…While the Recovery Act created 2.5 million jobs, stopped the country’s economic hemorrhaging and launched a weak recovery, its long-term, transformative impact is the real story.

    According to Grunwald, the stimulus measure was “the biggest and most transformative energy bill in history”, and “the biggest and most transformative education reform bill since the Great Society”. It was also a “transformative healthcare bill”, the “biggest foray into industrial policy since FDR”, the “biggest expansion of antipoverty initiatives since Lyndon Johnson”, and – ironically, for a president oft-accused of raising taxes – the “biggest middle-class tax cut since Reagan”. It rebuilt bridges and paved roads; weatherized and retrofitted homes; and spurred the move toward high-speed rail.

    It pumped an extraordinary $90bn into the clean energy industry, propelled the US battery industry and expanded rural broadband adoption. It revamped the country’s unemployment system, tackled the challenges of homelessness, began the digitizing of millions of health records, and fostered education reform through the innovative Race To The Top program. It doubled renewable power generation, significantly expanded solar production and basically birthed the country’s transition to a low-carbon economy.”

  23. August 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    OMG – my daily 20 seconds of Rush today somehow stretched into the whole 10 minutes of my drive home at lunch!! I need to scrub my ears.

    It’s because Rush was having a major SAD about the impending rules fight at the RNC. He was SAD b/c they were on the track to be all unified and now it could all be ruined. It was kind of interesting, because I wouldn’t follow that junk otherwise. He sez they don’t want the Conservatives like him in the party anymore and they’re trying to put in rules to exclude them in the future.

    It was mildly interesting (compared to the noon crop report), but the minute he said “Obama” I switched it over to that! I don’t really think Rush is a conservative anyhow and I’m pretty sure he really, really, really needs PBO to win a second term anyhow. :lol:

  24. 61 Dudette
    August 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Today is the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech”
    Delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

    • 62 Dudette
      August 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      By the way, this speech was the keynote as part of the March on Washington for JOBS AND FREEDOM
      http://www.crmvet.org/tim/tim63b.htm#1963mow
      ——————————
      The 10 Demands of the March on Washington

      1. Comprehensive and effective civil rights legislation from the present Congress — without compromise or filibuster — to guarantee all Americans:
      Access to all public accommodations
      Decent housing
      Adequate and integrated education
      The right to vote
      2. Withholding of Federal funds from all programs in which discrimination exists.

      3. Desegregation of all school districts in 1963.

      4. Enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment — reducing Congressional representation of states where citizens are disfranchised.

      5. A new Executive Order banning discrimination in all housing supported by federal funds.

      6. Authority for the Attorney General to institute injunctive suits when any Constitutional right is violated.

      7. A massive federal program to train and place all unemployed workers — Negro and white — on meaningful and dignified jobs at decent wages.

      8. A national minimum wage act that will give all Americans a decent standard of living. (Government surveys show that anything less than $2.00 an hour fails to do this.)
      [The minimum wage at the time of the march is $1.15/hour.]

      9. A broadened Fair Labor Standards Act to include all areas of employment which are presently excluded.

      10. A federal Fair Employment Practices Act barring discrimination by federal, state, and municipal governments, and by employers, contractors, employment agencies, and trade unions.

  25. 63 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    My Pres is a terrific speaker! He has tweaked his stump again….. ‘That’s my view. It’s your choice.’ Robot Mitt doesn’t know what he’s in for in the next couple of months! I can’t wait! :grin: “I’m counting on you.”

    • 64 vcprezofan2
      August 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      ‘We’ve got more work to do!…We will finish what we started’

      Yes Sir, we will. :lol: :lol: Eat your heart out Mitt! (Okay, I can’t breathe a full breath now as the space I’m in opens up because people move to try and shake PBO’s hand. )

    • August 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      He really has refined that speech — lots of substance, easily understood and highly motivating :)

      • 66 Rita
        August 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

        Link, you guys? Missed it :(

      • 67 0388jojothecat
        August 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

        Robme is taking notes….i bet his speechwriter (thief) is plagerizing his speech as we speak.

      • 68 vcprezofan2
        August 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

        And I love the way he ‘personalizes’ it for each audience! Same basic info obviously, yet he is comfortable enough with the FACTS that he can change the order, add a new one here drop one there, reword the details…… ‘Poor’ robotic Mitt can’t compare to this ease of delivery even when he is surrounded by his monochromatic, non-dissenting, bussed in, (coerced) sheeple.

    • 69 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      I didn’t see/hear it, but I like the line you’ve reported: “That’s my view. It’s your choice.” Excellent.

  26. August 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Wow, what a great communicator. As always, I’m in awe.

  27. 71 anniebella
    August 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    We have to come through for POTUS.

  28. 72 Vicki
    August 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    “Romney Doesn’t Care,” said PBO. Good line!
    Also,
    Tom Harkin’s slap at wealth accumulation not being the best goal for any governing entity.

  29. 73 Geeja
    August 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I want the hankerchief!

  30. 74 Dudette
    August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    An excerpt from MLKJr’s I Have A Dream speech
    As you read it, replace “Negro” with “Citizen” and tell me me it doesn’t fit in today’s political climate!
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    “As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “for whites only.” We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

    FORWARD

  31. August 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    More intriguing tidbits from the GOP lovefest in Tampa:

    – trying to change the rules and yet still pacify Ron Paul supporters, good luck with that.
    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/team-romney-ticking-off-every-ron-paul-fan-in-tampa-was-not-our-ideap.php?ref=fpb

    – Thursday night super-duper secret, really cool “climactic” speaker (shouldn’t that be Mitt’s moment??):
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/28/1125058/-Republican-National-Convention-hints-at-climactic-mystery-speaker-Who-will-it-be

  32. 79 dotster3
    August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm
  33. 80 vcprezofan2
    August 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    If I were truly smart I’d go do my mini-grocery shopping and fill up with gas now, before it’s time for the next speech and before rush hour traffic.
    .
    .
    … In a little while…..maybe.

  34. 81 donna dem 4 obama
    August 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Have any of you ever heard Ron Paul speak? I remember seeing him on c-span one day earlier this year during the primary and he is an awful speaker. I cannot for the life of me understand what it is that these Paulites find so politically attractive about this man. He doesn’t like any war and everyone can smoke all the pot they want. Is that enough reason to fall head over heels for a man who votes 90+ with Republicans on most everything. Including the Republicans agenda to impose government in our personal lives. And this guy is a medical doctor!!!

    I can’t for the life of me get their fascination.

    • 82 0388jojothecat
      August 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      I for one do not believe that Ron Paul, a doctor, would legalize pot nor would he NOT go to war. If the House and Senate voted to go to war to assist or help an allie like Isreal and Iraq if Iran attacked, and Ron Paul vetoed it. He would be impeached faster than you could shake a stick. The GOP hates Ron Paul and would do anything to bring him down and the young people who are for him would turn against him for not going to war and for going to war if he did. Ron Paul is a senile old coot who only wants to be a political player and now wants his son to take up the mantle. Exit Ron Paul….Enter Rand Paul, more senility with a younger face. In 2016, can you see the team Chris Christie and Rand Paul? Two equally nasty, angry, men.

    • 83 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      They like the idea of Ron Paul and the idea of reliving the hippie Age of Aquarius that they missed out on. They’ve heard the stories of flower power, pot, war protests, communal living, live and let live, from their parents. The older Paulites just can’t let go of the good old days. They forget it wasn’t so good for a lot of us who didn’t have the luxury of staying stoned. We had civil rights issues to tend to during that time. Most of his followers don’t know about the racist Ron Paul. He’d lose plenty if they ever dug below the surface.

  35. August 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve been in meetings, but h/t ThePoliticalCarnival.net for this piece from David Brooks – of all people!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/opinion/brooks-the-real-romney.html?_r=3&smid=fb-share

    ” After his mission, he attended Harvard, studying business, law, classics and philosophy, though intellectually his first love was always tax avoidance. After Harvard, he took his jawline to Bain Consulting, a firm with very smart people with excessive personal hygiene. While at Bain, he helped rescue many outstanding companies, like Pan Am, Eastern Airlines, Atari and DeLorean….

    …Romney is also a passionately devoted family man. After streamlining his wife’s pregnancies down to six months each, Mitt helped Ann raise five perfect sons — Bip, Chip, Rip, Skip and Dip — who married identically tanned wives. Some have said that Romney’s lifestyle is overly privileged, pointing to the fact that he has an elevator for his cars in the garage of his San Diego home. This is not entirely fair. Romney owns many homes without garage elevators and the cars have to take the stairs. ”

    Much more hilarity at the link. Sorry if this appeared before.

  36. August 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I had a computer misstep and had to do a lot of installs, reboots and installs and reboots. So I log back on and click on the CSPAN link and see PBO taking the podium. Is this live or did I miss it?

  37. 90 57andfemale
    August 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm
  38. August 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    WHINE!!!-

    http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/08/romney-camp-cries-foul-on-bracketing-attacks-133525.html

    What do you think they will do? Duh! Good, I am glad the Democrats ate smacking them in the mouth. Keep it up, throw them off their game!

  39. August 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm
  40. 94 dotster3
    August 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    What?????? Can this be real??? Desperado!!

    • 95 symmetry11
      August 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      I heard Sunnuu tell David Gregory that he would let PBO run a lemonade stand. These are some ignorant as well as childish individuals.

    • 98 anniebella
      August 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      To the RNC chairman: then that means Obama wasn’t firing people causing them to lose their everything they own, Obama wasn’t shipping jobs overseas, while firing American workers, Obama was paying his taxes and not hiding his money overseas. Plus Obama release his tax returns. Tell that to that little RNC quirk.

    • 100 edwina3
      August 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm
      • 101 Ladyhawke
        August 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        Good point Reince. But President Obama HAS ACTUALLY GOVERNED AND RUN THIS COUNTRY FOR ALMOST FOUR YEARS. And that’s more than we can say for the so called Republican Party leadership in the congress. They act like all they have ever run is a garage sale or a lemonade stand.

      • August 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

        I’ve run a garage sale. Can I be president?

    • 103 jackiegrumbacher
      August 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Dotster, some of Prince Phillips’ pals once joked about the Queen, asking the prince how the “little woman” was doing. Prince Phillip responded: “Are you by any chance referring to Her Royal Majesty, the Queen.

      So to the small-brained, insolent little RNC chair, I say,” Are you by any chance referring to the President of the United States of America?

  41. 104 cookemom
    August 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Why oh why are they setting Ann up like this. No way she can live up to the hype, which is more than for the nominee himself. I don’t care if the MSM will try and say that she rose to the occasion, it’s impossible for her in the minds of people watching and hearing her. She will turn folks off if she asks us to bring out the violins for her and her personal issues. We’ve seen that it didn’t impact Mitt any, or at least it didn’t make him any more humanistic or warm. So if all of this has befallen them, then why does he still seem so cold? He does not come off as happy family man. Rather, a man whose personal accomplishments just happen to benefit his family. He just wants to check something else off of his bucket list.

    Why is he still insisting to go first at family dinners to the point of starting and finishing before all of the grandkids have been served? His son just gave us that insight not too long ago in an interview. There’s not much Anne can say to those who want to get to know him. Latest polls say only about 43% are even interested in knowing him.

    • 105 donna dem 4 obama
      August 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Cookemom, the public can be persuaded via the pundit class. We saw this in 2008 with S-A-R-A-H. She was and still is an idiot but they dressed her up and sent her out there to give a speech. Commentators and pundits from sea to shining sea thought it was a “game changing” speech. The polling narrowed and tightened but soon after the public got to see that she was hollow. Behind the facade of what some perceieved as a pretty face was an intellectually challengeed actress.

      Fast forward 4 years. The Repubs plan is to try it again by presenting The Romney’s as if they were your neighbor next door. This time they will follow it up with lots of ads (because they have the money to do it) and insulate the candidate and Ms. Ann from the public as best they can. Let the ads do their “talking” for them.

      The pundits want a horserace to the finish so they will play along and the Repubs will continue to lie to the public and keep them in the dark right up until election day. At least that’s what they hope.

      • 106 cookemom
        August 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        Oh I agree the MSM is going to do a lot of pumping and all that. What I also think too, though, is that the public will be more discerning precisely because of how the MSM tried to force $arah down our throats. We also see that after all of that $arah is not even invited this year. It’s subtle but I think it’s one of those fool me once, shame on you….fool me again, shame on me. I don’t think the serious undecideds will be fooled. They’ve set the bar too high for Anne. There was no bar for $arah and she still couldn’t get over it. We’ll see.

        • 107 jackiegrumbacher
          August 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm

          Please, please remember that Miss Sarah was running ON THE TICKET for vice president. Ann Romney could come across like June Cleaver mixed with Mother Teresa and it still doesn’t make any difference. She is not on the ballot. Her android husband is.

      • August 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

        Well, I’ll venture to say that a LOT of the curiosity about The Quitter was because men thought she had sex appeal. So the MSM relentlessly tracked her every move, her every outfit, yada, yada, yada. RW women loved her mommy routine and her rude nasty edge so that also played into her spotlight.

        Romney doesn’t give off any sort of vibe except cold-blooded ruthlessness. He can talk until the cows come home about ironing and wearing cheap shirts and buying hardware things but all you have to do is listen to his hollow condescending laughter or see the way he holds a baby to know he is a complete fraud.

  42. 110 donna dem 4 obama
    August 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I cannot for the life of me understand why Iowa is a battleground state? It’s not the economy because that state even through the recession never had high unemployment like the rest of the country. Right now it’s at around 5% UE (well below the 8.2% nationally). PBO was there on a cross country bus tour a couple of weeks ago which hailed him good positive press but yet the state is polling close. I don’t watch any one poll, but the aggregate of polling is showing that this state is close. Hence, PBO’s return today and he’ll be back there again on Saturday.

    Maybe someone who lives in the area can clue me in…

    • 111 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      That surprises me as well. I think some of the negative ads are sticking and PBO sees it in their internals. We were asked to go to our local OFA office tomorrow to make calls to Iowa.

    • August 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      For one year, the Republicans talked smack about him, in that State. Some of it stuck, due to the Tenure, of the first primary State!

    • August 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Iowa was traditionally a swing state prior to the last election, so, it’s not a surprise. We’re reverting back to the pre-2008 electoral map where most states are going to be extremely close. Obama isn’t going to win Iowa, Colorado and Nevada by near-double digits (or double digits) like in ’08. It’s going to be a very close election, which means in states where Obama cleaned up four years ago, he’ll probably only narrowly win if he does, in fact, win those states.

      He’s not going to win the popular vote by seven-points again. He’ll probably win it by less than five and could win it by only one. If that’s the case, every state is going to be far narrower than in ’08 – from Colorado on down to Virginia. My guess is that in the major swing states, he wins ‘em, but wins ‘em by maybe 5 points or less … kind of like Bush in ’04. But he’s definitely not winning Iowa by 10 points again and he won’t win Nevada by 13.

      • 114 nathkatun7
        August 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        I think it’s still to early to make such a sweeping prediction. In 2008, around August, the polls were very close in Iowa, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. Many polls were showing McCain winning Virginia and Florida and Indiana. We still have over two months to go. I think President Obama can still win Iowa and Colorado and Nevada by more than 5 points.

        • August 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

          I agree…though this election is a bit different than ’08.

          In ’08, Obama, as the challenger to the sitting party, had to close the deal and once he did, the polls swung in his favor. As an incumbent, there is no deal to close – most Americans have already made up their mind. They either support Obama or they don’t and that’s not going to change over the next two months. It might, so, maybe I shouldn’t say it won’t, but ultimately, I just don’t know if it will.

          I think this election will settle into a slight Obama lead after the conventions. It will remain close, but he’ll have the advantage in most swing states.

          • 116 cookemom
            August 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

            Still to early to tell. This could even be a electoral win for PBO, but not a popular vote win. If that happens…..duck.

      • 117 sabreen60
        August 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        You may be correct. I just have a problem with prophets.

      • 118 4morefor44
        August 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        i think president obama will equal or surpass his landslide win of 2008. he surged at just the right time and way overperformed most polls right up to election day in many of those states you mentioned., and that was by his design. timing is everything.

        i never bought into the theory that “the economic freefall helped obama.” in fact, i think just the opposite, since it made no sense to me that with a scared and shellshocked public at that time would pick an unknown, young, first black president over the trusted (false trust in my opinion) grandpa to fix the mess.

        president obama won in 2008 because of his intense focus on ground game. ofa was still an infant organization at the time, and now it’s a well-oiled machine with 10s of thousands of highly-trained ground game heroes. that’s why we’re within 3% in georgia (!!) right now, and arizona is very much in play too, along with president obama taking a lead in mizzou just recently. and just wait until the debates and people get to see more of the giant scam that is mittbot and republican ideology in general. i can’t wait to see what barack has planned for oct. it’s going to be fun to watch as destroys trickle-down ideology once and for all. it’s all about getting a strong democratic house and senate. forward!!!

      • 119 EricFive
        August 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        Interesting analysis, but nowhere did you mention Mitt Romney and the baggage he brings into the election. The GOP brand is toxic to Latinos and women, two huge voting blocs. Mitt is not a candidate that “wears well” (i.e., the more voters get to know him the LESS they like him). Mitt still finds himself running to the extreme right to shore up his base at a time when candidates traditionally “move to the center” to woo Independent voters (Mitt cannot win with his base alone). I could go on, but my point is that PBO is not running against some hypothetical opponent. He is running against Mitt Romney, a seriously flawed candidate. Any analysis that omits this fact is suspect in my book. It would be wise to hold off until after the Dems have had their convention. We are in the middle of “GOP propaganda week” where all media outlets are allowing the GOP to put on their show.

    • 120 Desraye
      August 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      The curret poll from Iowa was LV. The last poll that had PBO up 5 was RV. This could be the difference.

    • 121 57andfemale
      August 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Very rural, very fundie. IA skews Republican. What does concern me is that the race has tightened there when PBO was doing quite well a month ago.

      • 122 dotster3
        August 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        Not true. Not fundamentalist at all, other than a couple conservative pockets by the Nebraska border. Very common sense people, middle of the road, independent, have voted for both R and D’s, mostly Dem in recent years.

        • 123 57andfemale
          August 29, 2012 at 1:02 am

          I stand corrected. We have friends who grew up there and now have a second home in IA and I should know better than to take his Rush Limbaugh ‘informed’ word for anything.

    • 124 dotster3
      August 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I think all the dirty anti-Obama ads running during the Repub caucus—by all their candidates— hurt Obama in Iowa. But I think he will end up winning Iowa again. Willard does not fit in well there —–at all.

  43. August 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm
  44. August 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Important

    “A Georgia murder case uncovered what prosecutors have called a plot by a group of current and former U.S. soldiers to overthrow the government and assassinate Obama. The Daily Beast rounds up what we know.

    One of the Fort Stewart soldiers, Pfc. Michael Burnett, pled guilty to manslaughter and illegal gang activity on Monday, and testified as to the nature and aims of the plot. Dressed in his army uniform in the court room, Burnett backed up claims made by the prosecutors, which allegedly included a scheme to assassinate President Barack Obama.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/28/facts-about-the-anarchist-militia-who-plotted-to-overthrow-obama.html

  45. 127 Ladyhawke
    August 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    THE RNC “DEBT CLOCK” BACKFIRE

    Republican National Convention: The one graph you need to see before watching

    Posted by Ezra Klein on August 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    —————————————–

    On the Republican convention stage tonight, you’re going to see a really large clock. But the clock isn’t for keeping time. The idea isn’t to stop speakers from going over their allotted time, or the convention from running late. It’s a debt clock. And the idea is to blame President Obama and the Democrats for the national debt.

    But in doing so, the Republicans will end up blaming Obama for the policies they pushed in the Bush years, and the recession that began on a Republican president’s watch, and a continuation of tax cuts that they supported. They’ll have to. Because if they took all that off the debt clock, there wouldn’t be much debt there to blame him for at all.

    The single thing you should look at to understand the debt clock and what it is — or isn’t — telling you is this graph from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It does something very simple. It takes public debt since 2001 — which is when we last saw surpluses — and breaks it into its component parts.

    ——————————————-

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/08/28/republican-national-convention-the-one-graph-you-need-to-see-before-watching/

  46. 129 Linda
    August 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Is Martin on today or are we stuck with live coverage of the Hatefest ?

  47. 130 edwina3
    August 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm
  48. 134 lamh35
    August 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hmm, anybody guy any ideas of who the “mystery speaker” at the RNC will be. My money’s on Palin, but there is also even money on Clint Eastwood or maybe hologram Reagan.

    Who Is the RNC’s Mystery Wingnut?

  49. 135 desertflower
    August 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/08/28/756041/romney-political-director-welfare-ads/

    Romney Political Director Laughs Off Question About Falsity Of Campaign’s Welfare Ads

  50. 137 desertflower
    August 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Republicans Held Disaster Relief Funding Hostage Several Times In 2011

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/08/27/749511/hurricane-disaster-relief-cuts/

    Can we put them all in a pen somewhere?

  51. 138 ChristiMTL
    August 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I was reading another article on Ann Romney miscarriage, …..she said she was 4 and 1/2 months pregnant.

    “I knew I was losing the baby. It was about three or four in the morning and I decided that I wasn’t going to wake Mitt up,” said Mrs. Romney. “I waited until it was about six in the morning and I said, ‘Mitt, you gotta take me to the hospital right now.'”

    Why did she wait 3 hours before waking him up if she ”knew” she was losing the baby……doesn’t make any sense. You rush to the hospital.

    “I was home by the time he got home from school in the afternoon and he walked in the door and he was about ten or 11 years old and he fell on the floor and he just burst into tears,” said Mrs. Romney. “And the poor little kid had been at school all day long holding this sorrow inside of him and having no one to speak to, no one to comfort him, no one to explain what is going on.”

    Romney said after his wife’s story that he “hadn’t heard the story of Craig coming home from school that day and being so devastated.”

    If she want to ”humanize” her husband, where was he? It’s not like he was an employee who couldn’t take a day off. She was at the hospital in the morning and was home in the afternoon and her husband never heard about his son being devastated.

    How come she never shared this with him, it wasn’t important for his father to comfort him as well?…

    It’s so bizarre.

    • August 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      It’s because it’s most likely all a lie …

      • 140 ChristiMTL
        August 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

        Oh she is lying…..that’s for sure.

        • 141 anniebella
          August 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

          Oh if Queen Ann lost a baby, I feel sorry for her, but that doesn’t change the fact that Mitt Romney is a lying bastard.

          • 142 anniebella
            August 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

            Tell queen Ann to tell me how sorry her husband and Paul Ryan feel about a woman or young girl who was rape, and would have to have that rapist baby.

    • 143 0388jojothecat
      August 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      This can’t possibly be ALL true…”I knew I was LOSING the baby”? Why on GODs green earth would a woman lie in bed, not wake her husband, knowing she was having a miscarriage? My aunt miscarried in her eight month, she started bleeding and she called my uncles job and they told him to go home quickly, it was a Friday and he thought, fortunately got is pay check but had not gone to the bank (this was the early 60’s, no direct deposit). When he arrived, the ambulance would not take her to the hospital before they got paid (did I mention they were African American?). My uncle begged them and promised to pay them when he arrived at the hospital ( no business paid healthcare back then either, people paid to have their children). When he got there he paid the ambulance but by then they lost the baby. My grandmother was so mad, my uncle should have sued the ambulance company. I don’t think they had AMT’s back then.

      • 144 theo67
        August 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        That is such a sad story – these racists have a lot to answer for.

      • August 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        Wow. Heartbreaking story.

        Agree that Ann’s story sounds as plausible as Palin’s “Wild Ride” story. The media is pushing this story as, “Wow, Ann opened up with something Mitt hasn’t heard before. Aren’t WE (media) wonderful.” When most scratch their heads and think “Why didn’t she tell him at the time? Sounds like a fib to me.”

        You’re right about ATMs. They were tested in a few locations beginning in the late 1970s. Didn’t go mainstream until the 80s.

    • 147 daisydem
      August 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Oh dear …. this sounds like another “wild ride” story to me. And in a situation like this, your first thought is the baby …. and no, you don’t know for certain you are losing it; you might be afraid you are, but there is always hope. Plus in the second trimester … a woman would be afraid for her life too, because of the bleeding. This story, if true, is bizarre. And I would not care if my husband was being sworn in as President of the U.S. right then … it would be hubby, help, get me to the hospital now!

  52. August 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    That Man on The Weather channel, he is always doing live shots, in the middle of Hurricanes.
    Me thinks, he might be a tad crazy.
    That is all!

  53. 150 Ladyhawke
    August 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    The Six Strangest Items in the GOP Party Platform

    By Molly Redden

    ————-

    The GOP’s party platform, on which the delegates will vote tonight, is not yet out in full. Of course, drafts of it have already leaked to various outlets.
    .
    .
    But some of it offers glimpses of the specific methods Republicans hope to use to remake the federal government. Below, some of the most interesting changes a Republican administration and Congress would hope to usher in.

    ———————–

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/106586/the-six-most-curious-items-in-the-gop-party-platform

    (h/t Steve Benen)

  54. 151 cookemom
    August 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, someone tell Ann to stop digging. She’s burying the whole family. By this evening she will have suffered untold extreme issues. How does this help Mitt? It’s still about Ann and how strong she was as care giver…..alone. Knowing to not tell him no bad news, even to the point of not going immediately to the hospital in hopes that something could be done. Even to the point of not telling him about the kid’s reaction for 40 years? Instead, she self-diagnosed so as not to disturb him. He went to work the next day while she was in the hospital? Did I read that wrong? When he hears it for the first time, his reaction is, “oh I didn’t know that”. That’s because his kids couldn’t be vulnerable around him, couldn’t cry around him. Why wouldn’t he suspect when one of his kids was hurting? Why wouldn’t she feel comfortable enough to tell him about the kid’s breakdown so that they could help him through it? I almost hope this is a lie, the truth is too painful.

    • August 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      It’s doubly painful because it’s likely a lie, but how she frames the lie is just as likely to be as you describe – a woman and children entirely subservient to, and very much afraid of, the dude. He is mean, to the core. End of story.

    • 153 nathkatun7
      August 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      You are absolutely right. If the story is true I don’t see how it humanizes Mitt Romney. The only people you feel sorry for are Anne and the young kid.

  55. 154 anniebella
    August 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    So Ann Romney suppose to get women to forget all about Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan policies. Policies which are not go for women. Forget all about legitimate rape. Closing down Parent Plannedhood.

    • 155 Marsha
      August 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      MsAnn is just trying to copy the FLOTUS when she gave her speech in 2008. MsAnn is going to fall flat on her face, just like her husband.

    • 156 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Be prepared to hear the comparison to what she wore to what FLOTUS wardrobe. In my mind Ann can’t win. They’ve thrown her to the wolves to save a grown man who can’t save himself. She comes off looking self-serving than supportive.

  56. 157 ChristiMTL
    August 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Huckabee On Romney: If You Have Cancer, Who Cares If Your Surgeon Is A Jerk?

    • August 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Most people will tell you having a jerk doctor is an awful experience – especially if your life is at risk. You’re nervous, you’re scared, you’re uncertain and you want someone who’s reassuring and confident and warm … not an asshole who tells you “oh well”.

      I care if my surgeon is a jerk … I care if my surgeon is competent. Romney is a jerk and he’s not competent.

      But boy is that an awful endorsement.

      • 159 TrumpDog
        August 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        Most people will tell you having a jerk doctor is an awful experience – especially if your life is at risk. You’re nervous, you’re scared, you’re uncertain and you want someone who’s reassuring and confident and warm … not an asshole who tells you “oh well”.

        Exactly.

    • August 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      That is one hell of an endorsement. HaHaHa

    • 161 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      He’s right who cares. In a Mitt presidency, it won’t matter if your surgeon is Mother Teresa, you won’t be able to afford the service.

    • 162 nathkatun7
      August 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Wow! Is that supposed to be an endorsement?

    • 163 0388jojothecat
      August 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      I deeply care if my surgeon is a jerk! Why the hell would I want a selfish jerk operating on me? He would scrafice me over his medical career…..dead patients tell no tells, they are easier to defend against than a living talkative one.

  57. 164 cookemom
    August 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    It seems that there was a disruption on the floor at the convention. Paulites unhappy about the RNC changing the rules on how delegates can be awarded in the future. Somehow, it’ll prevent future incidents as what’s happening now with how his delegates are being treated. Paulites are not happy campers.

  58. August 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Chips,

    You may want to post this …

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/files/2012/08/Debt-graph-CBPP.jpeg

  59. 166 nospin
    August 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I am watching the GOP convention and it is funny as heck. The convention floor is pretty empty and Ron Paul’s folks are raising all kinds of hell outside.
    It is a thing of beauty.

    • 167 jackiegrumbacher
      August 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      No spin, you have an iron stomach to be able to watch that swill.

    • 168 sherijr
      August 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      is it streaming anywhere… I want to listen to the main speakers tonight- because I plan to speak up when they attack President Obama.

  60. August 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    This is a rightwing talking point, both sides do it crap-

    Steele: ‘stupid racial game’ must stop
    By KEVIN CIRILLI | 8/28/12 4:01 PM

    “Both sides play this stupid racial game when we get into presidential and big-time politics,” the former Republican National Convention chairman said to Krystal Ball on MSNBC’s “The Cycle.” “And the point is it needs to stop because as you just noted, we have seen it for a long time. And it does have, you know, I guess a downward pressure on turnout and the ability for people to want to participate in the process. And that’s not what we should be talking about right now because the stakes are too high.”

    Whatever! More mind games!

  61. 172 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    • 173 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      All states should have remained under the Voters Rights Act, not just those southern ones with histories of discrimination. It’s the only reason these rulings against Texas and Florida are possible. Too bad that Pennsylvania, Ohio, and others are not included and therefore are able to get away with voter suppression laws.

  62. 174 symmetry11
    August 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Federal court blocks Texas voter ID law http://reut.rs/OroQkr

  63. August 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Warning: not for the squeamish.

    Final Language on GOP Platform 2012

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/104097929/Final-Language-GOP-Platform-2012

    • 176 susanne
      August 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      thanks, meta :)

    • 177 0388jojothecat
      August 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Wow, I read some of it and they sprinkle it with digs against Democrats like, “leftis judges” and “left policies”….. it does not talk about governing for all people. It talks about not allowing “foreign” courts to be used against americans….but they want american corporations to sue China or other countries that steal american intellectual property….wonder hows that suppose to work.

  64. 178 criquet
    August 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    This needs to go viral:

    • 179 0388jojothecat
      August 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Exactly….whatever they say out loud is how they REALLY FEEL. When they went FAUX NOISE started complaining about “public workers” after PBO was elected, I knew this was the GOP next attack.

  65. 180 ewok2
    August 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Does Rmoney have any loyal and good friends that can vouch for his softer side? Are there anyone that can go on national tv and claim to be lifelong friends of his and can say what a generous, kind, self less, genuine person he is. Can they claim that he helped anyone because that is the kind of person he is. Can they say and describe when he was compassionate to a variety of people regardless of race or sexual orientation, where he cared about the feeling of others? Can they say that he is someone that is loyal to his friends and an honest truthful person. All I hear is Ann and himself talking about themselves, and trying to “do over” his image, looking for sympathy and wanting people to think they are regular people that can afford a half a million dollar horse for therapy for her MS. Where are these third party accounts, and I am not talking about his lawyer that is handling his Blind Trustss.

    • August 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Gloria Borger, Jon King and Wolfe Blitzet!

    • 183 susanne
      August 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      i think i read somewhere that he helped one of the other mormon missionaries in france, when there was an unfortunate bicycle wreck. possibly they could find that person.

    • 185 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      I thought of that as well. No candid shots of him and friends. Nothing about the good ol’ days at the vacation home/s with folks around the BBQ grill. No childhood pals or teachers to interview. Nothing, just Ann on script.

      • 186 0388jojothecat
        August 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm

        That’s because many of the men who have come forward from his prep school don’t like him and saw things in him they probably feel he would not make a good President. He does not want his fellow Bishops coming to his defense, that will just bring up his religion. The rest of his friends are billionaires and millionaires like him and the optics wouldn’t look good. Plus, when he was running for president office in 2004, 2008, and now none of the fellow candidates like him….there’s so much stuff out there then and now about Robme that those same people going out there for him are doing it for themselves rather than FOR Robme.

  66. August 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Knolller is pissed! LOL!

    • 188 0388jojothecat
      August 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      MK: Even Presidents need to hear an intelligent question that takes a lot forethought and in search of an answer that will educate the public. Maybe if you go back to college and re-take journalism classes and score higher than a C+ maybe PBO would hold more press conferences.

  67. 189 lisalovesobama
    August 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    so i don’t know if I should watch Mrs. Money speak tonight. on the one hand, I want to watch her EPIC FAIL— even thought the MSM will swear she’s FABULOUS!!!!– but on the other hand, I’ll want to scratch my eyeballs out and pull off my ears in response to hearing her stoooopid voice. Decisions, decisions. {{SMH}}

    • 190 sherijr
      August 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      you took the words right outta my mouth lisa… ;) I feel I should watch..to know the filth they say.. but I honestly do not want to.

    • 191 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Go with option two. Should you pull out your eyes and ears, we’ll be here to help you through it. We’ll be your eyes and ears at the inaugural meet up in January.

  68. 192 criquet
    August 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm
  69. 193 Rita
    August 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Interesting read: http://keepthis100.com/for-the-first-time-in-my-life-i-will-be-voting-against-a-republican-candidate-for-president/

    “A life-long Republican, voted for John McCain, and supported Mitt Romney as the most realistic candidate in the primaries. However, as both a Republican and more importantly an American, I did not share Rush Limbaugh’s view expressed in January 2009: “I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, ‘Well, I hope he succeeds’… I hope he fails.” Nor do I agree with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who in October of 2010, was asked what “the job” of Republicans in Congress was. McConnell answered, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” We were in the middle of the greatest economic crisis since the 1930′s and my party has as its main goal trying to make sure the president fails — even if the country fails right along with him. What has happened to my Republican party, this is not a sporting event, we all either win or lose together.
    In the past, Republicans were pragmatic, not ideological; they would ask “does it work”, not “does it fit into my theory.”

  70. 194 criquet
    August 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm
  71. 195 susanne
    August 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    i just watched a clip on reuters of miss ann’s mic check at the rethug coven–i won’t link to it, because if there was ever a non-newsworthy ‘event’ it is miss ann’s mic check.

    however, seeing it reminded me of the amazing weirdness that is miss ann’s being a speaker at all. what has she done, who is she, that she receives this coverage in the national media? a proud housewife, a baker of delicious cookies, a lady who likes to ride a fancy horse, what? yes she endorses her husband’s candidacy, and yes she would be (gack!) first lady if he were to (gack! gack!) win. but has she anything of worth to add, in the most political of political arenas, a national party convention?

    are they even trying to make a case for her having anything relevant to add? no. she’s there to ‘humanize’ myth. front and center, major speech, televised for gawd’s sake. she has no standing for a speech on any topic, except their private life.

    but they’ve already revealed how myth hilariously pushed their children’s and grandchildren’s faces into plates of food, scaring them for a laugh. they’ve revealed how myth was not to be disturbed while miss ann suffered a miscarriage. they’ve revealed how myth must be served first at the table, and even eats all his food before the children are seated and fed. this is private stuff you’d think they’d want to hide. is she going to tell us more about the ugliness at myth’s core?

    if there are any rethug trolls lurking here, i hope they will pass the message back to their rethug masters: the sole ‘private’ info we or anyone wants about this family is their tax returns. TAX RETURNS. and unless miss ann is going to stand up tonight and quote from those documents, while aides are handing copies to all the journalists present, there is absolutely nothing relevant to this election that she can add.

    so , miss ann, tax returns, or shut up.

    • 196 sherijr
      August 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      wowzer- the kids eat last? Dad eats first? no comment other than so much for ‘family’.

    • 197 carolyn
      August 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Well said susanne. This all comes under the classification of TMI!!! Griping about defending your privacy, then spilling this kind of info…totally not understandable. It’s like once she got started talking, she can’t stop. She’s going where no one should go, and where we don’t want her to go. She obviously doesn’t realize that with everything she says, her husband looks more unfeeling, less empathetic, more rigid, and totally just mean at his core, as Barney Frank said.

    • August 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      I think she’ll probably toss in a line or two about it being “their time” and “taking back the country” for all the drones to eat up.

      • 199 sherijr
        August 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

        I think she’ll say something about FLOTUS Michelle- in a snide way… possibly allude to the 2008 lies about what FLOTUS said about being proud. I put absolutely nothing past Ms Ann & her husband when it comes to being crude & rude.

    • 200 cookemom
      August 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      This may backfire big time. I’ve always said that she’s the loose canon, not Mitt. She admitted today that she will stay on script, even though that’s not comfortable for her. They know they have to keep her on a tighter rein than Rafalca. They just want her on and off stage a quickly as possible. They’ll be plenty of fingers crossed that she stays on message. Every time she opens her mouth, she says something dumb…like calling Mitt’s dad crazy in an interview, the very thing that made him have to bow out of his run for the presidency.

  72. 201 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Damn — Ayn Romney’s miscarriage story sounds just as bizarre as Barbara Bush’s fetus-in-a-jar story. Something about these GOP stepford wives gives me the creeps! :shock:

  73. 204 lisalovesobama
    August 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    In honor of the Willards, particularly Ms. Money aka Ms. Ann on her big night. May she reap what all she’s sown:

  74. 205 Linda
    August 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    GOP just approved the platform with no changes….

    Romney owns it now

  75. 206 lamh35
    August 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I’d rather gouge my eyes out with alcohol doused scalpels, while being force fed raw habanero peppers while pirhanna are eating at my toes and tapeworms are working their ways thru my intestines on their way to my bowels…rather than watching Miss Ann speech or any part of the RNC…#SERIOUSLY.

    I’m so glad for twitter and blogs.

    • 207 Dudette
      August 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Wow, really? I don’t wanna watch her either, but given the stuff you’d go through, I’d just as soon watch her and ask for permission to mute the volume. :-D

  76. 208 susanne
    August 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    dolan at the dem convention? :

    ‘ The real shrewdness, of course, came from the Democratic Party, which called Dolan’s bluff by inviting him to invoke God’s blessing on what many Republicans consider a godless party. ‘

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-dems-call-cardinal-dolans-bluff-20120828,0,7823780.story

  77. 209 lisalovesobama
    August 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Willard and rAyn Chorus on November 7th

  78. 210 lisalovesobama
    August 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    The System: Reciprocity: Ode to Willard and the Koch Brothers:

  79. 211 lisalovesobama
    August 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Women v. The Republican Party Platform

  80. August 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Just so I know when to turn to the Twitterverse, what time does Lady Ann speak?

  81. August 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    We’ve got some stellar candidates running for office! Check out their very impressive biographies at Booman’s:

    It’s becoming a tradition at Democracy for America to announce twelve candidates who will receive the maximum effort from DFA and its members. They’re called the Dean Dozen, and they are selected after a nationwide search, including visits to their campaigns and their districts. DFA doesn’t look for long-shots or people running in safe districts. They look for progressive-minded candidates who are running in difficult, but winnable, districts, and who have something special to offer. I wrote about the first six selections earlier in the month. On Friday, the governor announced the final six members of the Dean Dozen. Here they are:

    U.S. Senate- Hawaii: Rep. Mazie Hirono
    U.S. Senate- Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren
    U.S. Senate- Wisconsin: Rep. Tammy Baldwin
    U.S. House- CA-36: Dr. Raul Ruiz
    U.S. House- NH-02: Ann McLane Kuster
    U.S. House- PA-06: Dr. Manan Trivedi

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/8/28

  82. 216 susanne
    August 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    washington post opinion piece–attributed to the ‘editorial board’, official wapo opinion: time to put myth’s feet to the fire on specifics.

    ‘ “I think what he’ll have when he’s elected — and I believe he’ll be elected — is he’ll have a mandate to do tax reform,” Mr. Portman said. “And then you go to Congress . . .”

    But how much of a mandate can it be if the candidate talks during the campaign only about the goodies he will deliver, and not at all about the accompanying pain? Given his position at the head of a party dominated by officeholders opposed to tax increases under any circumstances, it’s not an unfair question. ‘

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romneys-tax-plan-obscured-by-underbrush/2012/08/28/4cf520b8-f12e-11e1-adc6-87dfa8eff430_story.html?hpid=z3

  83. 218 4morefor44
    August 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    DO NOT CLICK ON THIS IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM LOOKING AT RODENTS. SERIOUSLY. so looks like mittbot’s big primetime rnc speech was pre-recorded with all the republican followers, and i got a leaked copy here:

  84. 219 lisalovesobama
    August 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    The Tea Party Puppet:

  85. 220 cookemom
    August 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch Anne. The Food Network is airing Chops where the chefs have to use Indian gourds in the appetizers; lutefisk in the entrees; and Chinese sausage in the desserts. I mean, c’mon lutefisk? How do I pass that up?

  86. August 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Bachman: it’s not Romney that has the Gender gap, it’s Obama!

    Nanahnahna, I know you are but what am I.

    Third Graders…

  87. 223 squarepeg
    August 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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