90 Responses to “Tune In (1:20 ET)”


  1. 1 cozimfree
    September 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I would be heartbroken. At least they can hear his voice and get some comfort.

  2. 4 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    You still on a high from last night? I am.

    • 5 vcprezofan2
      September 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      CC, you are such a trickster! ;) ;) The new outfit/door was right there before my eyes and I didn’t realize it was you, hence the reason I was late entering. :lol: Nice try. Will this be the same outfit until Nov 6, or do we have to sharpen our wits regularly? :razz:

  3. September 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    From end of last post!

    So the GOP money men are now conceding PA and MI. Which state will be next? Must be rough for Mittens to see this kind of attrition before the debates even begin.

    But the truth of how this race is being fought is OFA and YOU. We’ve built an amazing ground game. From the donors to the house parties to the phonebankers to the canvassers to the data collectors to the voter registration drives to the persuasion calls to the travel to battlegrounds near and far – we are on the march and we are not backing down. State by state, our volunteers are mastering what it means to win an election. It’s not easy but thank goodness there are millions of us who believe in our President Obama. Thank goodness OFA put the time and the effort into training so many willing citizens who give time, money, sweat and LOVE from their busy lives. Millions of ordinary people who believe our future rests with the Democratic Party and PBO and VPB leading the way. We are going to win. And after we win, we are going to leave the legacy of Barack Obama and OFA to the next generation of Democrats to continue this march FORWARD.

    • 11 Don
      September 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      I’m totally convinced that Romney’s campaign director is secretly working for President Obama.

      • 12 4morefor44
        September 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        i’m totally convinced that president obama’s conscious decision-making and how he acts day in and day out, boxes his opponents in no matter who they are. barack did it to the clinton machine, the mcain/pailn lunacy, the media 24/7 actively promoting his opponents and lying about him, and now the mittbot/lyin ticket. this doesn’t happen over and over because his opponents are incompetent…it happens because of the genius of barack obama.

        • September 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

          Seeing all the glowing reports from Clinton’s speech last night (very well-deserved, no less), it reminds me that then-relatively-unknown-Senator Obama defeated that Clinton machine. Before he had the millions of dedicated followers, or the money, or the record. President Obama built a bigger machine. He did that. He beat them. And then they joined him.

          • 14 0388jojothecat
            September 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

            I can’t wait until he and Michelle write about their experiences getting to the WH. It will make them gazillionaires and deservedly so. I am so proud of them and all the Obama team, volunteers, and numerous supporters like Black Water Dog, Chipsticks, and a host of others.

          • 15 4morefor44
            September 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

            “and they joined him” is such an important point. not only does he beat them and even though the clintons were not very respectful about it to say the least while it was happening, president obama is still able to make the joining part happen too! a leader in the truest sense of the word. cannot wait for tonight!!!

        • September 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

          YES, I believe this wholeheartedly. Thank you 4morefor44!

        • 17 Vicki
          September 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

          second try to post this to 4morefor44. Totally agree with your analysis.

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      September 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      And thank YOU, Meta, for your willingness to be one of those in the trenches, and for being such a diligent foot soldier(ess). [Hmmm. I wonder when we'll get our own word for a female soldier? Something with a good sound to it.]

    • 19 xtine
      September 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      [A comment at http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/09/06/disillusioned_obama_supporter_is_an_rnc_staffer.html#050039a%5D

      Pain:
      This just in. After watching Clintons speech last night, the superpacs supporting governor Romney have announced they’re pulling out… of the US.

      • 20 xtine
        September 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        Forgot! The post’s title is: Disillusioned Obama Supporter is an RNC Staffer

        They’ve jumped to the far side of stupid!

    • 21 Obama Grandmama
      September 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      I hope it isn’t just because the voter suppression is in place so they don’t feel they need to do the ads now.

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      September 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      What I find even more devastating to Willard is that the GOP money men won’t even keep their money (of which they have gazillions) around states like PA and MI as a ruse to fool people into thinking they’re not conceding – no, they pull out leaving big gaping holes. Good for us – love it – but how’s that for a slap in the face, Mitt and Paul? Enjoy that, you liars.

      • September 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        Yeah, that’s my feeling also. I think the numbers are starting to show that Romney really doesn’t have any chance of winning. With a third person on the ballot in VA and all the polls in many swing states going our way, I think they just don’t want to look that stupid.

  4. 25 FiredUpInCA
    September 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Just finished watching Bill Clinton for the umpteenth time. After watching Michelle over and over. I knew we were good. But I had no idea we were this good. Then tonight, the greatest orator of his generation speaks. I am glad to be us.

    • 27 57andfemale
      September 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      I’m not saying I understood any of it, but I’ve watched political conventions since 1956. I’ve never seen anything like this convention.

      • 28 4morefor44
        September 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        you’ve seen many more than i have, and i was thinking the same thing too! it’s been basically flawless from the opening gavel. so well thought out. president clinton’s speech was so good it’s easy to forget how great the night was leading up to it. the carmax and costco ceo’s were fantastic and powerful stories for people to hear, and elizabeth warren knocked it out of the park too! she could be a national candidate i think, we just need to make sure she gets in the senate first and it’ll be off to the races for her, i’m sure. yes, major kudos to all those involved in planning and running this convention!

        • 29 57andfemale
          September 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

          My good FDR Democratic parents set me in front of the TV to listen to Adlai Stevenson. Literally, I remember it. I was 6 years old.

          My dad died when I was barely 19 and my mom when I was 21. But I will be forever grateful, growing up in that great Democratic house. They left me no money but man, what a legacy of riches.

          • 30 4morefor44
            September 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

            outside of them passing away so young, what a great story. that’s the most important kind of thing parents can give kids, isn’t it? i sometimes feel weird about it, but i don’t really feel any strong need to leave a bunch of money and material items for my kids. i’ve worked my butt off for the little i have, and feel like i should be able to enjoy it, which often includes the kids too! my wife and i actively try to do what it sounds like your parents did for you. forward together!!

            • 31 57andfemale
              September 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

              My mom left a little bit of money. I admit, at 21 years old, I took that money and went to Europe. She spent her whole life wearing housecoats, scrounging pennies so I could have music lessons. She was so cool, my friends would go to my house just to talk to her, whether I was there or not.

              So I took those few dollars and had an adventure that she never had. I’ve never felt guilty about it and she wouldn’t have wanted me to. She left me such a great legacy, it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

          • 32 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            September 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

            Love the comment about your parents. Sure they are looking over you and are extemely proud!

          • September 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

            What a beautiful comment, 57…

            Just had to delurk just to say how your comment touched me and I, too, had parents that allowed me stay up to watch the Democratic Conventions; they were too stoked to make me go to bed! Both of my grandfathers were union members and my father was the first to go to college on the GI bill. That education was, indeed, “a legacy of riches”.

            Also, too. My poor body doesn’t know what to do as it’s warring between exhaustion and (adrenaline fueled) elation. When PBO brings it tonight, I’ll pop some champagne, DONATE, party and then collapse.

            • 35 57andfemale
              September 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

              We’re all in this together. I feel it more during this convention than I did in 2012. But we have to work to make sure every vote is cast and every vote is counted. Good to hear from you,pamelabrown.

      • 36 FiredUpInCA
        September 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        When you do and A-B comparison of their speakers to ours there’s just no comparison. They’re not even the same species. It’s not just that we have so many speakers with natural talent and charisma. We have several incredible, impassioned thinkers whose emotional intelligence is as developed as their natural intelligence. Our speakers are substantive and relatable.

        Their biggest and best moment was an angry riff at a chair.

        I am so glad to be us.

        • 37 57andfemale
          September 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

          Our worst speaker is better than their best. Hands down.

        • 38 susanne
          September 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

          so well put, firedup! and isn’t it pathetic that they put eastwood out there? he perfectly represented the tired, cranky, addled old white guy voters that still thing rethugs have anything to offer.

      • 39 daiseymay1
        September 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        Same here. Listened then watched since 1956. Never been one this good! Thanks DWS.

        • 40 jacquelineoboomer
          September 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

          DWS has been phenomenal, all the way through. And her “new look” for the convention (and she looked great before) makes me think we should crown her late tonight as Mrs. Democratic Wonderwoman or something, so she can take a real bow. I’m sure PBO will be thanking her, which is worth more than any prize.

          • 41 otter44
            September 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

            I love DWS. She is a hero. Did you know that she is a breast cancer survivor? This convention has been a delight. Proud to be a democrat.

            • 42 jacquelineoboomer
              September 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

              Yes, I did know. She’s a survivor and she makes us all feel like we’ll survive the last four or five years we’ve been through – not physically, but emotionally, as O’supporters – and we can all be proud of being Democrats looking FORWARD.

      • 43 carolyn
        September 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        I too have watched political conventions since 1956. We didn’t have a TV yet, but my folks rented one for the Republican convention which renominated Ike. So…..I have been a political junkie all my life. This is absolutely the most amazing one I have ever seen. I remember the absolute fright I got watching Goldwater in 1964 when he said “Extreism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” Ihave thought of that statement so any times during this cycle of crazy Republicans!

  5. 44 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Have you guys seen the web ad where RNC director of Hispanic outreach does an ad in which she breaks up with a …….cardboard PBO? :roll: :roll: She is supposed to be a disaffected voter. At first it looks like she is talking to an empty chair, sort of. Saw the link on twitter and followed it to buzzfeed. It’s called ‘Breakup’ and I mention it only so for the awareness quotient while thinking to myself, ‘GOPs never get when not to pursue certain themes/memes’

    • 45 FiredUpInCA
      September 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      [Karl] Rove explained that Crossroads had conducted extensive focus groups and shared polling and focus group data with “all the major groups that are playing” in the election. “[...]

      What had emerged from that data is an “acute understanding of the nature of those undecided, persuadable” voters. “If you say he’s a socialist, they’ll go to defend him. If you call him a ‘far out left-winger,’ they’ll say, ‘no, no, he’s not.’”

      The proper strategy, Rove declared, was criticizing Obama without really criticizing him—by reminding voters of what the president said that he was going to do and comparing it to what he’s actually done. “If you keep it focused on the facts and adopt a respectful tone, then they’re gonna agree with you.”

      http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-31/

      So the new strategy is to pretend that you once supported Barack Obama and really wanted him to succeed but you’re just oh so disappointed that he wasn’t able to reverse 30 years of economic trends in 4 years while facing historic obstruction from a Congress committed to his failure.

      You’ll notice that whether it’s the Welfare or Medicare lie or this new tactic, none of it involves Romney/Ryan. The last thing they want to do is have voters focus on those two.

      • 46 57andfemale
        September 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        B.S. It reads condescending. It reads like Ann telling women to stop being stupid, and Latinos to get over their biases. It’s insulting.

        And really, Rove, you want them to take even 10 seconds to look at PBO’s record? Seriously?

      • 47 vcprezofan2
        September 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        I read that a few days ago, and in truth this ad does adopt ‘a respectful tone’ but the facts part and the without really criticizing part needs a little work. ‘It’s not me, it’s you’ seems clear to me. Anyhoo, they can wander down that path if it makes them happy but I doubt it will peel off enough voters to make it worth their while.

    • 48 EricFive
      September 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      At the end of the ad does she self-deport?

      • 49 vcprezofan2
        September 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        :lol: :lol: :lol:
        I was busy thinking that following so closely on the empty chair fiasco it seemed so stupid to be talking to cardboard, then I didn’t hang around to find out what she did with herself . I did gather tho that they have created a website for people to send the reason why they broke up with PBO. It seems to me like they are throwing their money all over the place to see what will work, just like they throw lies and mud, waiting to see what sticks.

  6. 50 utaustinliberal
    September 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  7. 51 lamh35
    September 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Romney on Cusp of Defeat

    by BooMan

    After I saw it reported that Romney and his associated Super PACs are pulling out of Michigan and Pennsylvania, I had to go look up when McCain gave up on Michigan in 2008. I remembered the decision because Sarah Palin responded by going deeply off-message…

    The date that article was published? October 3, 2008…

    By pulling out of Pennsylvania and Michigan so early, Romney has lost any margin of error. He can only win now by the narrowest of margins. He is literally on the cusp of defeat.

    • 52 Roberta in MN
      September 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I fear they already have the voting machines rigged. Just like they did in Ohio in 2004. Bush should never have won Ohio. It was proven a couple of years later. This could be just a feint to keep OFA out of those states and not work so hard for the voters. I don’t trust any of them.

      • 53 EricFive
        September 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        Wouldn’t pulling out now make a victory in those states by Mitt look all the more suspicious? Money is not an issue for Mitt, so I would take this as positive news for PBO. Also if the voting machines are “rigged”, what difference would it make if OFA works hard for voters in that state? Since PBO is at a money disadvantage, it would help Mitt if PBO wasted campaign resources in states Mitt thinks he can win through fraud. The battle is not over by any means, but the Dems are kicking some GOP ass at the moment, and getting its message out. Let’s savor this moment.

    • 54 sabreen60
      September 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      I think Romney believes he can steal Florida. He knows he can’t win honestly. If the courts agree that the laws are voter suppression, I think Romney is toast in Florida.

  8. 55 Linda
    September 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I just read that #Arithmetic is STILL trending on the Twitter.

    • 56 sabreen60
      September 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Reince is crying non-stop on Twitter. I’m embarrassed for him – not really. But people are in his case big time. I have never seen anything like this. The Republicans are acting like babies.

  9. 58 lamh35
    September 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Hey Chips, do you have the video of FLOTUS doing the top 10 on Letterman?

  10. September 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Conference call has started with Jeremy Bird.

    • September 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Jim Messina on now.

      • September 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        “This is a tough call, to be honest…..but safety comes first. The decision to move it was agonizing……..”

          • September 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

            Begins by saying how much he regrets not being able to all be together tonight in the big stadium.

            He could not risk involving local responders and everyone being in chaos and potential risk.

            He saw key staff crestfallen and he knows how much people are disappointed, paid to get there and may have volunteered lots of hours to get tickets.

            The issue in this election won’t be enthusiasm because we all travelled here to be together.

            • September 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

              So far we’ve had an unbelievable convention.
              He’s now going on about how great FLOTUS was.
              Praising Bill Clinton and all the governors and congress people.
              Praising Julian Castro as “an incredible talent.”

              OFA is going to be in touch with ticketholders to see about getting them into events wherever he’ll be in their towns.

    • 70 Obama Grandmama
      September 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      When I was at a rally for Obama in ’08 they had a big overflow area outside the arena where they had a big screen set up and Obama talked to them briefly. Wonder if they will do anything like that for the overflow that cannot get into the arena?

  11. 71 57andfemale
    September 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  12. 73 Andy46
    September 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Hey TOD

    The Dems are not only good for the economy but also good for ratings:

    Are numbers DNC first opening night
    NBC and MSNBC are winners among both cable and network coverage
    no data on on-line streamers

    10pm hour Viewers (million) Adults 25-54 (million)

    NBC 5.002 1.929
    MSNBC 4.107 1.432
    CNN 3.888 1.368
    CBS 3.269 1.057
    ABC 3.237 1.143
    FOX NEWS 2.398 0.55

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/09/05/nbc-tops-democratic-national-convention-night-one-preliminary-viewership-adults-25-54-ratings/147509/

    Here are the RNC opening night numbers
    10-11PM Coverage

    FNC: 6,878,804 viewers (1,679,763 in 25-54)

    NBC: 4,770,050 viewers (1,725,282 in 25-54)

    CBS: 3,118,927 viewers (938,237 in 25-54)

    ABC: 2,862,656 viewers (920,346 in 25-54)

    CNN: 1,473,885 viewers (413,467 in 25-54)

    MSNBC: 1,468,348 viewers (411,738 in 25-54)

    *Note: NBC went from 10-11:05PM and ABC and CBS went from 10-11:03PM

    8-11PM Primetime Coverage

    FNC: 5,150,407 viewers (1,174,242 in 25-54)

    CNN: 1,200,690 viewers (368,811 in 25-54)

    MSNBC: 1,316,619 viewers (337,562 in 25-54)

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/08/29/fox-news-leads-rnc-coverage/146693/

  13. 74 4morefor44
    September 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    fun fact for “the news” people: in four years, president jimmy carter created more than 5 times the jobs in america than all 12 years of the bush presidencies COMBINED. even including the massive losses he inherited for the first several months, president obama is already at more than double all 12 years of bush presidencies combined. why does the general public not know these simple truths? because “the news” is an active propaganda machine for republicans.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jobs_created_during_U.S._presidential_terms#Job_creation_by_term

    • 75 theo67
      September 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Wow! What the GOP (and many Democrats) have done to Jimmy Carter (and then Bill Clinton and now President Obama) is shameful. While their heroes Reagan (who orchestrated the Iran Contra scandal, and couldn’t even get elected in their party today and was debilitated in the last years of his presidency) and the Bush disaster – left the country in shambles, it’s the height of arrogance for the GOP to act like they know the first thing about governing or business. Even their business policies would strip the country of any educated staff, decent wages (which would kill the consumer economy) and destroy the revenue earning power of any corporation in the United States. The only things the GOP know how to do is hate, cheat and lie.

  14. 76 prettyfoot58
    September 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    • 77 susanne
      September 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      beloved president–we are all gathered in one place! the united states of america, the planet earth, this moment in time–we’re all here together, and we are so grateful you are with us, leading us, believing in us, and ensuring that the next moment, and the next, will bring us together with strengthened purpose.

  15. 78 prettyfoot58
    September 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  16. 79 Ladyhawke
    September 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Bipartisanship and Amnesia

    By Ed Kilgore

    —————————————

    Chait goes on to discuss why nobody has an interest in telling the truth about this quite recent history. But it won’t just go away:

    The Republicans’ current line rests upon a historical revisionism so blatant they are holding up Clinton himself as an ideological ally, a fellow moderate, in opposition to Obama’s radical class warfare. It’s important to remember that Republicans made the same hysterical accusation against Clinton, even if Clinton himself has no interest in reminding us.

    Team Romney could have engaged in a substantive rebuttal to the substantive arguments in Clinton’s speech. But despite having elevated the brave truth-teller Paul Ryan to the national ticket, they don’t want to go there. It’s easier to rewrite history, even the history most of us witnessed with our own eyes.

    —————————————

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_09/bipartisanship_and_amnesia039704.php

    • 80 theo67
      September 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Republicans say that unlike President Obama, then-President Clinton actually worked with them to bring about the economic success that this country experienced. The more accurate framing of that sentence would be: Unlike with then-President Clinton, the Republicans have REFUSED to work with President Obama to bring about the economic success that the American people actually deserve.

  17. 81 Linda
    September 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Why don’t I hear anything ? Is it over ? Wahhhhhhhhhhhh

  18. 83 Roberta in MN
    September 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    HI TOD family and friends, and update on my daugher in law, she is out of ICU and has feeling back in her foot. They figure she will have some nerve damage, but not surprising with how long it took them to do something with the clot. Anyway I want to THANK all of you for your prayers and well wishes on her behalf, it meant a whole lot to me.

  19. 87 Rita
    September 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Looks like they haven’t published the schedule for tonight? http://www.demconvention.com/schedule-thurs/

  20. 88 Linda
    September 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Disillusioned Obama Supporter In Romney Ad Is Actually GOP Staffer

    Republicans debuted a new ad Thursday in which a frustrated former Obama supporter expresses her disappointment with the president. The only problem: The woman in the video is actually an RNC staffer.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/rnc-staffer-plays-obama-supporter-in-gop-ad.php

    They are fruads

  21. 90 lamh35
    September 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    So the RNC had Artur Davis and DNC has Charlie Crist. In this corner, we have Artur Davis who turned his back on a “personal friend” (that what he called Obama once) and rolled over the main constituency in Alabama that put him into office in the first place and who has so blown up that level of suport that he had to move to Virgina and become a Republican to find anyone willing to “support” him (I’d say actually just to use him). And in this corner, we have Charlie Crist, a former governor who yes, lost his bid for Sentate, but who still has high regards from mainstream GOP voters in Florida (“Crist Republicans”) and who has a higher approval than the current teabagger GOP governor of Florida.

    So Crist vs Artur…yeah, my money’s on having Crist speak being way better to even having Artur read a paper.


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